Russian ambassador: border treaty could be ratified in one reading in Duma

The State Duma in Moscow Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
12/11/2015 11:44 AM
Category: Politics

Russian Ambassador to Estonia, Aleksandr Petrov, said the Estonian-Russian border treaty is currently being debated in the Duma (Russian Parliament) committees. He said once on the floor of the parliament, it could be debated and voted on in one reading.

“Our legislation allows us to debate draft laws and accept them in one sitting. From one side, this is good. From another, it increases the responsibility of weighing the bill at a single stage,” he told ETV.

Petrov said a deadline for the ratification of the treaty has not been fixed, adding that work is still being done on the bill.

Estonia and Russia have said the parliaments of both nations will ratify the treaty simultaneously.

The Estonian Parliament has already passed the draft law on the treaty in the first reading, with two more readings needed.

The treaty was signed in February 2014 but needs to be ratified by both parliaments before entering force.

J.M. Laats

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