Estonian, Russian Foreign Ministers Meet, All Eyes on Putin

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and former Estonian Foreign Ministers Urmas Paet signed a border agreement on Feb. 18. Photo: RIA Novosti/Scanpix
9/30/2013 10:42 AM
Category: Politics

The foreign ministers of Estonia and Russia, Urmas Paet and Sergey Lavrov, met at the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, with the fate of the two countries' proposed new border treaty still hovering in uncertain territory, reported ETV.

The Estonian media had speculated that a meeting between the foreign ministers would take place at the event, although the Foreign Ministry had not put anything on the official agenda beforehand.

The draft agreement is now awaiting a green light from President Vladimir Putin, and only after then can details emerge about the time and place of signing, officials have said. The Russian government approved the document last week and the Estonian government gave its approval in May.

In order to take effect, the agreement must also be ratified on a parliamentary level.

Negotiations on the treaty had broken down in 2005 and were re-launched last year. The Foreign Ministry recently announced that bilateral consultations had been successful and that a new plan would add two clauses to the original document, stipulating that the treaty regulates solely the path of the border and ruling out territorial claims.


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