Progress seen in border talks

  • 2013-04-17
  • From wire reports

TALLINN - Estonian Riigikogu foreign committee chairman Marko Mihkelson said that in the light of the Estonian-Russian border agreement talks, he calls on Russia to revise other stalled agreements, reports Public Broadcasting.
Mihkelson said after the meeting with State Duma foreign committee chairman Aleksei Pushkov that the meetings he and the Riigikogu foreign committee delegation had in Moscow last week increased his faith that a positive result would be achieved on the border agreement.

He also called on Russia to pay attention to other agreements that have been stalled on the Russian side; for example the agreement of avoiding double taxation, which is very important for businesses and which Estonia has already approved. The agreement on emergency situations is waiting for an intergovernmental agreement to help solve situations connected, for example, to forest fires.

A diplomatic real estate agreement, and a higher education agreement are important for Estonia and cross-border cooperation agreement and customs procedures should be discussed as well as the Ivangorod-Narva border checkpoint situation, said Mihkelson.