Formin: Estonia terminating its legal assistance agreement with Russia

  • 2023-12-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian government has decided to terminate its legal assistance agreement with Russia and tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with drafting a relevant bill and submitting it to the Riigikogu.

"As long as Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine continues, we must continue all efforts to isolate Russia on the international stage and maintain the bilateral relations of Estonia and Russia only on the absolute minimum level," Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna commented on the decision to terminate the agreement.

"Our aim is to terminate the agreement at the earliest opportunity because it is the clear position of Estonia that we are not cooperating with the aggressor," he said. The agreement would have been extended automatically in 2025.

Once the agreement is terminated, judicial cooperation with Russia will be conducted on the same basis as with all other third countries.