Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“The statements of the Foreign Minister and the Speaker of the Estonian Parliament about the lack of prospects for ratification of the Russian-Estonian state border treaty in the Riigikogu are rather a desperate PR move. Before that, the Estonian side was no less interested in this ratification than the Russian side; there was even a conversation about holding a synchronous procedure in 2016. But the Russophobic policy of the authorities of the Republic of Estonia then gave its negative projection to the inter-parliamentary dialogue.
The contract is still under consideration by our Committee. However, such statements by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Estonian Parliament again bear an extremely negative signal for resuming discussions on the issue. Moreover, talking about annexation is not necessary, this is incorrect. In February 2014, it was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, the predecessor of Mr. Reinsalu, who signed the new state border treaty.
The border scandal has been going on since 2005 precisely because of the fault of the Estonian side. When the first State Border Treaty was concluded after almost 11 years of negotiations, the Estonian deputies, after submitting it for ratification, included the reference to the Tartu Treaty of 1920 in the preamble in a context that retained potential territorial claims against Russia. In these conditions, Moscow withdrew its signature, and the process remained legally incomplete. In 2012, negotiations were resumed, and all issues were settled only after 2 years. Today, suddenly there are conversations again that throw us almost 15 years ago. ”