Russia, Estonia sign border agreement
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
MOSCOW - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet signed an agreement on Tuesday to demarcate land and sea boundaries between the two countries.
During his speech after the signing ceremony, Lavrov stated that the agreement is a step to "end a problem with a neighbor." He added that the relations between Russia and Estonia would improve following the agreement.
Paet underlined that there were still some issues that need to be solved, however the cooperation and dialogue remained safe between the two countries.
The agreement also marks part of the European Union's borders with Russia. The border negotiations between Russia and Estonia started in 1991, when Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union. A similar agreement in 2005 was halted by Russia, due to a number of articles in the agreement.
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