«For us, the border treaty changes nothing, the boundary line has held. The security police officer Eston Kohver case is an excellent example. Estonia and Russia were arguing over where Eston Kohver was apprehended, in Estonian or Russian side. Not once was there an issue about where the border goes, this has long ago been agreed at centimetre sharpness,» said Mr Gräzin.
Thus, Mr Gräzin said let’s not fall over hasting with the border treaty.
According to Mr Gräzin, there will be a good opportunity to talk about the ratification to a Russian State Duma delegation soon to visit Estonia.
The Estonia-Russia parliamentary group paid a visit to Moscow at the end of last year, and the visit by Duma deputies to Estonia is currently being prepared.
«Obviously the Russian State Duma delegation is willing to come to Estonia, the question is when they can come; while I am not in the know of what the Duma is busy with, I have understood them to be discussing state budget issues. Just a week ago I was in contact with them and sent them the programme for the potential visit,» said Mr Gräzin.
Estonian and Russian foreign ministers Urmas Paet and Sergei Lavrov signed the Estonia-Russia border treaties in Moscow on May 18th 2005. One treaty was regarding the land border, the other on the sea. The Riigikogu ratified the treaties on June 20th 2005 with 78 votes for and four against.
At the proposal of five factions, the Riigikogu added a preamble stating that while ratifying the treaty, Estonian parliament meant that the border treaty, in accordance with Constitution article 122, partially altered the border line as established by the Tartu Peace Treaty of February 2nd 1920 while not affecting the rest of Tartu Peace Treaty nor determining the handling of mutual issues unrelated to the border treaty.
At the end of June 2005, Russia announced it was withdrawing its signature from the border treaties entered with Estonia. According to Russian officials, the preamble added at Riigikogu allows for territorial demands from Russia in the future.
After years passed, in 2013 Estonia and Russia again launched talks about the border treaty and on February 18th 2015 Mr Paet and Mr Lavrov for the second time signed the border treaties.