Look to the future, not the past, says departing Russian ambassador to Estonia (2)

Yuri Merzlyakov (Postimees/Scanpix)
9/15/2015 10:00 AM
Category: Politics

Russian ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov, who will soon complete his term and return to Russia, said the most important event during his term was the signing of the Estonian-Russian border treaty.

“At last, both sides have felt the need to end the long unanswered question about the border, to open new possibilities for the development of cooperation between Estonia and Russia,” he told Postimees, in his first interview in five years in Estonia.

“Russia and Estonia should, as once said Deng Xiaoping, close the chapters of history to open the chapters of the future. I hope the closing of the chapters of history, which has been my priority as the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Tallinn, will be swiftly and bravely completed,” he said.

He said there could be a chance for the foreign ministers of the two nations to meet at the UN, adding that Sergey Lavrov will make an official visit to Tallinn once the ratification of the border treaty is complete.

Merzlyakov refused to comment the Eston Kohver issue in the interview.

Aleksandr Petrov will take over the post.

J.M. Laats

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