OREANDA-NEWS  The Estonian government has decided to start designing and building on land plots that were planned to be exchanged with Russia, the ERR portal reported.

"The foreign Ministers of Russia and Estonia signed agreements on the state border and maritime delimitation in 2005 and 2014, but they have not been ratified," the message says.

"Then it was planned that we could, for example, get the so-called "Saatse boot". As you know, this site is now in the hands of Russia, and Estonian residents have to pass through it. In return, we had to give the same size piece of our land somewhere near the border," said Estonian Interior Minister Lauri Leaenemets.

"Now it is obvious that we no longer intend to make such an exchange with Russia," said Leanemets.

According to him, previous plans for the construction of borders took into account that this exchange would take place someday, and a 4.2-kilometer section was allocated for this purpose. "Now it has been decided to start designing and building the border, excluding these sections, since we probably will not make any land exchange with Russia for several decades, or even centuries," the Interior Minister said.

A new road will be built around the Saatse Boot, which will allow people to move around Estonia, and not through the territory of Russia, where they cannot stop.

Estonia and Russia currently do not have a legally formalized border. In 2005, after more than 10 years of negotiations, a border agreement was signed in Moscow. Upon its ratification, the Estonian side included in the preamble a reference to the Tartu Peace Treaty. Russia considers the Tartu Peace Treaty as a historical document that has no legal force. Moscow regarded this as an attempt to reserve the right to territorial claims in the future and withdrew its signature under the treaty. In 2014, the foreign ministers of the two countries signed a new treaty, which has not yet been ratified.