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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said today at a meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that following the signing of the border treaties it is important to direct attention to future developments. “We consider the entry into force of the agreement for avoidance of double taxation and concluding the economic cooperation agreement to be of great importance,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet invited Russian counterpart Lavrov to visit Estonia this year.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonian-Russian border cooperation is well-functioning. “So far, most of the projects have been successfully implemented and we hope to quickly reach a consensus in regard to the new program for the years 2014-2020,” he said. “The new program would ideally focus primarily on improving border crossing, to ensure the smooth passage of people and goods. For this purpose, it is important to move forward with the Narva bridge renovation project,” he added.
In terms of trade, Russia is Estonia's third largest export partner. “All trade policy measures should be aimed at the abolition of restrictions, not their increase,” Paet emphasized. Fulfilling the obligations that go along with membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) facilitate trade, therefore adhering to the rules is essential,” Paet added.

According to Paet, the issue of international road transport TIR guarantees is troubling, since the carriers are subject to unequal treatment.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia is affirmative, Paet noted. In 2013, 14 percent more Russian tourists visited Estonia than in 2012. “In order to continue to promote tourism, we still have room for improvement in the area of improving rail service, first and foremost in shortening travel time between Tallinn, Moscow and St. Petersburg,” he said.

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