June 22, 2005
STATEMENT BY THE ESTONIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses regret that the Government of the Russian Federation does not plan to present the Estonian-Russian Border Treaties to the Russian Duma for ratification.
Estonian side has demonstrated its good will by ratifying the border agreements quickly. The border treaties were signed on 18 May and were shortly presented to the Riigikogu for ratification. The Estonian Parliament ratified the agreements already on 20 June. The Estonia President promulgated the ratification act today. With this essentially all the activities of the Estonian side concerning the border treaties are completed.
The Estonian Government did not tie the ratification of the border treaties with any additional annexes that would allow presenting new demands and neither did the Riigikogu when they supplemented the bill. This belief was very clearly reiterated by the Estonian Foreign Minister in his speech to the Riigikogu on 20 June.
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