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    TALLINN, October 5 (RIA Novosti, Irina Chumakova) - Russia and Estonia should re-start negotiations on the border treaty, Estonian President Arnold Ruutel told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "I believe we should hold a high-level discussion [of the issue] to find a solution, to cut this Gordian knot," the president said.

    "It is an issue of international relations for both countries, and respective foreign ministries should start negotiations to get out of the deadlock," he added.

    The treaty was signed in Moscow on May 18, 2005. But on May 20, the Estonian parliament, while ratifying the accord, introduced clauses, which mentioned the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920 between Russia and Estonia.

    In response, Russia said those amendments were tantamount to possible territorial claims and withdrew its signature from the border agreement.

    The treaty formally delineates the Russian-Estonian border and defines part of the easternmost frontier of both the EU and NATO.

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