WASHINGTON – Russia and the Baltic state of Estonia signed a treaty recognizing their shared border, ending years of bickering. Estonia was part of the former Soviet Union until 1991. It later joined NATO and the European Union.
The US released the following statement on the treaty:
The United States welcomes the signing of an agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation to demarcate the border between their two nations. We view the agreement as a positive development and a sign of a productive relationship between the two countries. We look forward to the treaty’s ratification and implementation. The United States has recognized Estonia continuously since 1922, and we remain committed to Estonia’s freedom, security, and independence. The U.S. and Estonia are bound in a close bilateral relationship by shared economic and security interests including membership in NATO, a shared dedication to human rights and democratic values, and a common cultural heritage.