1 Dec 2021 10:00 30 years ago

Draft Estonian constitution reasserts right to territories in RSFSR

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TALLINN. Dec 1 (Interfax) – The new Estonian constitution being drafted by the Estonian Constitutional Assembly confirms that Estonia's borders are defined by the Tartu Peace Treaty with Russia dated February 2, 1920 and other interstate border agreements, said a correspondent of Baltfax, which is a joint venture of Interfax and Baltic News Service.

Thus, Estonia reasserts its right to territories that were included in Russia in 1945 and that are now parts of the Pskov and Leningrad region on the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR).

Member of the Constitutional Assembly Rein Helme told Baltfax that such wording leaves the Estonian delegation no room for maneuver at border negotiations with the RSFSR and USSR.