16 Dec 2019 21:56

Russian-Estonian border treaty likely to be ratified in near future - Slutsky

TALLINN. Dec 16 (Interfax) - The Russian-Estonian border agreement will be ratified in the near future, Chairman of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky said.

"Russian-Estonian relations are being stepped up on all the tracks. They are enhancing extremely slowly and smoothly, but not sharply," Slutsky told the Estonian television on Monday.

The Estonian parliament has set up a group for liaison with Russian parliament, and "we will meet in the near future," he said.

"This will be difficult, but constructive cooperation, in particular, ratification of the border law will be promoted among other issues," Slutsky said, noting that he is sure about that. He said that he "is rather optimistic" about that issue.

"I believe the law has a chance to be ratified in the near future, or let's say it more diplomatically, in the foreseeable future. We in no way dropped this issue and we will discuss it with our colleagues from Tallinn in the near future," Slutsky said.