Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said at the government's press conference on Thursday that both sides need the Estonian-Russian border agreements and the Estonian side is ready to reopen talks, LETA/Delfi reports.
"The border agreements are necessary – they are necessary for Estonia, they are necessary for Russia," said Ansip. "Based on that knowledge we signed them in 2005. Now that the Russian side has withdrawn its signature, the agreements haven’t come in force“.
Ansip said that regulated relations between states are better than non-regulated relations.
"If we don’t communicate to each other, then we are unlikely to get these agreements concluded," said Ansip. "If the other side is ready for open communication, Estonia will make no obstacles to that communication".
"There is no reason for us to start border talks from scratch," said Ansip. "The question has been in interpreting the preamble and the consistency of the state". On September 1, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to restore talks over the border agreement but "without surprises".
Estonian and Russian foreign ministers signed the border agreement between Estonia and Russia in May 2005. The Riigikogu ratified the agreement that summer but added a preamble. Less than a month later Russia announced that it will withdraw its signature from the border agreement claiming that the preamble that Estonia added enables to present territorial claims against Russia. Estonia has repeatedly said that it didn't have.