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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: the border agreements will now go to parliaments for ratification


At his meeting with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of Russia Mikhail Margelov in Tallinn, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the Estonian-Russian border treaties are now moving to parliaments for ratification and that hopefully this process will run smoothly in both parliaments.

Paet also said at the meeting, that Estonia would like the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Russia to come into force.

Paet and Margelov discussed ways to promote economic relations. “We consider the entry into force of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement to be important and we also wish to enter into an agreement on economic cooperation,” Foreign Minister Paet said. “From the point of view of trade relations, it is important to focus on promoting the abolition of restrictions,” he added.
The Estonian Foreign Minister was pleased about the strengthening of ties in tourism between Estonia and Russia. Last year, 14 percent more tourists visited Estonia than in the previous year. "In order to promote tourism, is important to invest in the transmission capability of the border crossings,” he remarked.

Another topic of discussion at the meeting was the subject of further cross-border cooperation, which Paet stated has transpired successfully based on the implementation of projects to date. “We hope to quickly reach a consensus in regard to the new program for the years 2014 to 2020. We should focus primarily on improving border crossing, to ensure the smooth passage of people and goods,” Paet said. He added, that for this purpose, it is important to move forward with the Narva bridge renovation project.

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