Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“For the second year in a row, the Speaker of the Riigikogu has announced the continuation of the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty. Thus, Henn Põlluaas is again stepping on the same rake and setting the situation back 16 years, when, after almost 11 years of negotiations, it was possible to agree on a border line and sign a border treaty. But it was the mention from the Estonian side in its preamble to the Treaty of Tartu that then forced Russia to withdraw its signature, and new consultations resumed only in 2012 and ended in 2014 with the signing of a new agreement on the state border. The document is still pending in the parliaments of both countries. There were agreements on its simultaneous ratification, but the Russophobic line of Estonian politicians slowed down the whole process.
Põlluaasa’s statements are perhaps more targeted at internal audiences in order to attract the electorate. But at the same time, such statements are increasingly postponing the prospects for ratification of the Russian-Estonian border treaty of 2014 and create additional tension in bilateral and inter-parliamentary cooperation.”