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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Met With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

08.06.2011

No. 205-E

During their meeting in Oslo, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the status of Estonia-Russia relations and future developments.

Paet stated that the development of Estonia-Russia relations is stable and practical. “We are preparing agreements that are important for the people of Estonia and Russia, for example a social security agreement. We will also soon be ready to conclude a protocol for the readmission of individuals and a diplomatic property agreement,” he added.

Paet also spoke with Lavrov about the abduction of seven Estonian citizens in Lebanon.

While talking about Estonia-Russia border agreements, Paet said that Estonia has wanted for the border agreements to come into effect ever since they were signed in 2005. “We should not link the fact that the border agreements have not yet come into effect with other topics in Estonia-Russia relations,” he added.

Both Paet and Lavrov noted the positive movement in Estonia-Russia economic relations and acknowledged that Estonia-Russia economic relations have steadily grown closer over the past few years. Trade has increased as well. The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia has also increased from year to year.

The Estonian foreign minister added that most of the visas issued to Russian citizens in Estonian consulates are long-term and for multiple entries. “However, the issue of long border-crossing queues still needs to be resolved,” he added.

Estonia also supports Russia joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Foreign Minister Paet again invited Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit Estonia.

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