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    SVETLOGORSK (Kaliningrad region), July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's decision to revoke its signature on the border agreement with Estonia was right because the reference to the Tartu treaty might entail territorial claims, President Vladimir Putin told a press conference in Svetlogorsk Sunday."We did not denounce the agreement because it had not been ratified. We revoked the signature and did the right thing," Putin said.

    "Even if we do not take into account political appraisals of the past, any juridical grounds for territorial claims of one country against another in the modern united Europe are absolutely inadmissible."

    Russia and Estonia signed the land and sea border agreement in Moscow on May 18. However, Russia revoked its signature on June 27.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Estonia failed to comply with its obligations.

    "We should resume the talks to settle border issues," he added.

    Lavrov expressed hope that the European Union would take an unbiased position on the ratification of the Russian-Estonian border agreement.

    Lavrov said that Russia had put forward the initiative to sign a border agreement with Estonia and a political declaration on the key principles of bilateral relations last fall.

    Estonian counterparts were ready to sign the agreement asking not to attach any political documents to it, Lavrov said.

    "The Estonian counterparts assured that there would be no problems and reaffirmed this position many times," he said adding that the Estonian parliament had ratified the agreement with political claims.

    "The promise was broken and we are not bound with any commitments," the minister said.

    "The preservation of the existing European borders is essential," he added.

    He said he was ready to work with Latvian and Estonian partners to achieve a mutually beneficial result.

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