The Estonian Riigikogu foreign committee was given an overview of the results of the Estonian-Russian border agreement consultations so far; the 2005 agreement text has been supplemented with two sentences by now, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
These sentences are: 1. With this agreement only issues concerning the state border are regulated; and 2. Confirming reciprocally the lack of territorial claims.
Foreign minister Urmas Paet told Postimees that the suitability of adding these sentences was discussed with the Riigikogu foreign committee already in March and an approval was received. "After that we have communicated with the Russian side for a couple of months and now that solution suits both sides."
With these supplements, the consultations between the two states that lasted for seven months are over and the direct role of the foreign ministry ends.
Next, the Estonian government has to approve of the agreement text after which it could be signed. Then the ratification process in the parliament starts.
Paet did not wish to forecast whether the prediction of Russian State Duma foreign committee chairman Aleksei Pushkov that the agreement could be signed by summer, would come true or not. "It is complicated to estimate timewise all these domestic processes," said Paet.
During the seven months of consultations, no negotiations were conducted over where the state border would run and the location of the border will be where it was in the 2005 agreement.