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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Estonia Urged to Drop Claims

TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonian President Lennart Meri urged his Baltic nation to drop its major territorial claims against Russia, Russian news agencies reported Monday.

Meri called for friendly negotiations with Russia about the long-disputed border, which he called the European Union's "new eastern frontier.''

After regaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Estonia demanded the return of the Pechora area of Russia's Pskov region and other once-Estonian territories.

Moscow, which has repeatedly rejected these demands, last year began unilaterally marking the border with Estonia.

Meri urged Estonian diplomats to focus on redrawing the borders according to the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty, signed before the Soviet takeover of the Baltic states.