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The Russian Foreign Ministry is initiating relevant procedures to free Russia from commitments on Russian-Estonian border treaties
"This will mean that the problem of international-law formalization of the territorial delimitation between Russia and Estonia remains open, and new talks will be required," the source said. "The unjustifiable haste in ratification without serious talks between members of opposition parties in the Estonian parliament testifies to [Estonia's] desire to make it clear to Russia that all formalities are completed and nothing can be changed. These tactics are unacceptable," the source said. Russian-Estonian land and sea border treaties were signed here on May 18. "The Russian side acted honestly and constructively," he said. "We even agreed to take back our original proposal to also sign a political declaration on bilateral relations, thus meeting the Estonian side's request not to link the border treaties with any political documents," he said. He said the Russian Foreign Ministry "took into consideration Estonia's repeated assurances that it would not link the treaties with any political or other issues and that Tallinn would not make any steps that could frustrate the treaties' signing and ratification." After coming to a consensus on these terms, Russia agreed to sign the treaties on May 18, the source said. "But despite the aforementioned assurances, on June 20 the Estonian parliament adopted a ratification law that contained unacceptable provisions, including references to the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920, as well as to the declaration of the Estonian state assembly on restoration of the constitutional state power of October 7, 1992," he said. These references, he said, "do not correspond to objective realities [and] create a false context for interpreting and realizing the provisions of the [border] treaties signed in May. They render the ratification senseless and depreciate Estonia's signature under these treaties," the source said
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