Vseviov, who until recently served as Estonian ambassador to both the US and Mexico, said on the ETV policy show “Esimene stuudio” on Wednesday evening that Estonia’s political decision was a desire to move forward with the Estonian-Russian border agreement, which has long awaited Russian ratification .
At the same time, Vsevov said Russia was not interested in it in the near future, while Estonia could not unilaterally ratify the treaty.
The border of 1920 is different from today’s line
Vsevov said: “Everyone understands that an agreement between two parties cannot be frozen or heated up by either party. The emergence of a border agreement also depends on Russia and Russia’s willingness to proceed with it. At least for now, I have not seen any signs of that Russia intends to move forward on this issue, at least in the near future. But, as we know, surprises are sometimes possible in international affairs. “
Former Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said last year that the original Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920, which ended the Estonian War of Independence and delimited the border between Estonia and the young Soviet-Russian state, was still in force from an international law perspective.
Estonia was not only under Soviet occupation from 1940 and again from 1944 until independence was restored in 1991, but the border from 1920 also ran slightly east of the present-day border (which separated the Estonian SSR from the Russian and Latvian republics). While there are no border problems with Latvia, today’s Russian city of Pechory was the city of Petseri in the interwar period, and in the interwar period with it and its surroundings on Estonian territory.
Estonia is ready to move forward with ratification
Similarly, the area is on the east bank of the Narva, including the former Estonian city of Jaanilinn (today’s Ivangorod – a direct translation of the name – in Russia), now in the Russian Federation. Ratification of the border treaty in its current form would mean that this area is now in Estonia.
Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets (Reform) confirmed her government’s readiness to press ahead with ratification at the Riigikogu Foreign Ministry’s annual speech on Tuesday.
A Foreign Intelligence Service (Välisluuramet) report released on Wednesday said Russia is intensifying a potential duel with NATO, of which Estonia is a member.
Vseviov said that the Estonian authorities are working to ensure that the Estonian public does not have to worry about security, while at the same time the Estonian state, statehood and security should not be seen as a given, he continued.
“There has been no sudden change in our security environment – as the Foreign Intelligence Service states in its report. However, global security as a whole, and certainly in our region, is something we have to do every day and in Estonia diplomats do it,” Vsevov continued away.
“It is very difficult for me as a person or a political observer to see how Russia will benefit in the long term,” he said.
Vseviov: Borrell visits a watershed
The recent visit to Moscow by the European Union’s High Representative Josep Borrell and the clashes that followed opened the eyes of Estonia’s allies, Vseviov added, noting that it was a confirmation of what Estonia has been saying all along.
“Certainly what we have been talking about all along is now much more understandable because we now have a clear example of why even a diligent attempt to enter into dialogue does not necessarily lead to a practical political result,” said Vseviov.
Estonia is now also working to ensure that EU policy towards Russia in the future will be both principled and consistent, while the next meeting of EU foreign ministers will be good news for those countries who believe they must be determined when speaking to Russia will bring said.
Vseviov: No obvious advantages for Russia in its long game
“Russia’s behavior is determined by those in power there, and we are forced to react to these steps in one way or another. Our efforts are aimed at making these reactions not just on Estonia or Latvia and Lithuania, but on the mutual reactions of Russia respond. ” the allies at both EU and NATO levels, especially when it comes to security, “he added.
At the same time, Russia had expelled three EU diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden (who in turn had each evicted a Russian diplomat) who had participated in protests for Navalny at exactly the same time Borrell was in Moscow The Vsevov shooting himself continued, which, in addition to the events that began with the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the ongoing insurgency war in eastern Ukraine, to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny last year and his current imprisonment, helped underscore this this.
“It is very difficult for me as a person or a political observer to see how Russia will benefit in the long term,” Vsevov said.
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