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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reactor Issue Resolved

MOSCOW -- Russia has pledged to dismantle a Soviet-era nuclear reactor at a naval base in Estonia under an agreement that resolves one of the most contentious issues between Moscow and the Baltic state.

The Saturday night announcement was the second important agreement reached by the neighboring countries since President Boris Yeltsin met his Estonian counterpart Lennart Meri last Tuesday. Following the talks, Russia said it would meet Estonia's demand and withdraw its remaining 1,600 troops from Estonia by Aug. 31.

Under the latest accord, up to 210 Russian specialists will remove fuel rods and decommission the nuclear reactor at the Russian naval base in Paldiski.