Disinfo: The Treaty of Tartu has lost its force

Summary

Moscow currently regards the Treaty of Tartu as a historical document that lost its legal force long ago.

In 1944, Estonia joined the Soviet Union.

Disproof

The peace treaty between the Republic of Estonia and Soviet Russia was signed on 2 February 1920, and it ended the Estonian War of Independence that had lasted for nearly a year and a half. According to the treaty, Russia recognised Estonian independence de jure, renouncing voluntarily “for ever all rights of sovereignty formerly held by Russia over the Estonian people and territory”. It also established Estonia’s eastern border.

To this day the section 122 of the constitution of Estonia reads: "The land border of Estonia is determined by the Tartu Peace Treaty of 2 February 1920 and by other international border agreements." Thus Estonia regards the Tartu Peace Treaty very much in effect.

"Attempts by Russia to falsify history by denying the annexation of Estonia constitutes vindication of the policy of spheres of influence and the violence of totalitarian regimes and is condemned by the Republic of Estonia," Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu said. Minister Reinsalu also remarked that the Tartu Treaty is considered valid to this day, and is linked to the concepts of the illegal annexation of Estonia and the restoration of the country’s sovereignty.

In 1944, Estonia did not join the Soviet Union but was rather invaded, occupied and annexed. Estonia regained independence in 1991, Russian troops finally withdrew Estonia in 1994.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Estonia
  • Keywords: USSR, Historical revisionism, WWII
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