POST Online Media Lite Edition


Estonia to Russia: We want our land from 1920

Christian Fernsby |
The Estonian government has voiced a claim to certain Russian territories that belong to Estonia according to the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920.

Article continues below

Topics: ESTONIA    RUSSIA   

At the time, Soviet Russia recognized the republic’s independence and granted parts of Russia’s Pskov and Leningrad provinces to Estonia.

Russia claims that this treaty was invalidated when Estonia became part of the Soviet Union during World War II.

The position of the Estonian-Russian border was finally agreed upon in 2005 after 11 years of negotiations.

A border treaty was signed, but it still has not been ratified, since Estonia is insisting on compliance with the Tartu Treaty, whereas Russia refuses to take it into account.

“Russia’s signature on these treaties had to be revoked simply due to the fact that Estonian parliament introduced into the text of the ratification law a number of political formulations which reference the Tartu Peace Treaty, which is not in effect and which effectively entails territorial claims against Russia,” said Sergey Belyaev, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s second European department.

Henn Polluaas, president of Estonia’s parliament and a member of the Conservative People’s Party, said that Estonia does not need the Russian land.

“Estonia does not have any territorial claims against Russia. We do not want a single square meter of Russian territory. We only want ours to be returned. Russia has annexed roughly five percent of Estonia’s territory.”

What to read next

Russian money flees to Estonia
China, Estonia vow more infrastructure, tourism cooperation
Estonian minister happy with smaller administrative burden