First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Chepa, in an interview with Gazeta.Ru, commented on Estonia’s proposal to withdraw signatures under the 2014 land and sea border treaties with the Russian Federation. The Estonian Parliament will also consider a project to restore the border within 1920, when the RSFSR transferred part of the territories of the Leningrad and Pskov regions to Estonia.
According to the deputy, such a demand is “stupidity” and “PR” of Estonian politicians who do not know how to express themselves.
“You can demand even more, you can return to even more ancient history and demand a revision of other borders. These are the stupidities of some politicians who do not know how to express themselves in the political field, so they invent all kinds of fables and try to promote themselves on this, and this PR is no longer private, specific, but develops into an interstate one. That’s funny. If they don’t have enough brains, then, of course, there may be political demagoguery, but nothing more,” he said.
Currently, Estonia and Russia do not have a legal border.
As Interfax previously reported, the Estonian Parliament at a meeting on Tuesday will consider the proposal of the country’s Conservative People’s Party to withdraw signatures under the agreements on land and sea borders with Russia, signed on February 18, 2014 and not yet ratified, and to determine new borders in accordance with with the peace treaty of 1920.
“After the end of the occupation and the restoration of independence, the territory of Estonia and the land border de jure, on the basis of succession, will be restored as provided for in the Tartu Peace Treaty,” the explanatory note says.
According to the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920, the RSFSR transferred part of the territories of the Leningrad and Pskov regions to Estonia, but in 1940 Estonia became part of the USSR and the document, from the point of view of the Russian Federation, became invalid.