Estonia orders Russia to close border for renovation work

Estonia orders Russia to close border for renovation work

Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday that Russia will close a key border crossing to road traffic for two years due to renovation work.

Tallinn authorities have announced that they have received an official letter from Russia stating that the Narva-Ivangorod crossing will be closed on February 1st.

“According to the memo, the renovation work will last until the end of 2025. Let's see what happens in practice,” Foreign Minister Margus Tsachna told reporters.

“For our part, we will continue business as usual at the border,” he said.

The intersection, which connects Estonia's third largest city, Narva, with neighboring Russia's Ivangorod, will remain open to pedestrians.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic and now a staunch supporter of Ukraine, and Russia share a 333-kilometre (207-mile) border, with five checkpoints remaining open after the Narva crossing closed. It has become.

In November 2023, Estonia warned its citizens against “any travel” to Russia, and Tallinn said it may temporarily close its border with its eastern neighbor over concerns of an influx of migrants.


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