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    BRUSSELS, October 11 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Shishlo) - Russia is prepared to conditionally consider signing border agreements with Estonia and Latvia, Russia's permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said in Brussels Tuesday.

    "Russia is ready to resolve these issues as soon as both neighboring countries eliminate the obstacles," Chizhov said, addressing a conference on Russia-EU relations.

    Negotiations over a border agreement for the Pytalovo region, the Russian name of the disputed Abrene region that was part of Latvia until the end of World War II, were halted in March after Latvia made an amendment to the agreement. Moscow said the amendment would have allowed Riga to make other territorial claims against Russia.

    The border treaty with Estonia was signed on May 18. But two days later, the Estonian parliament, while ratifying the accord, introduced clauses that Russia said were tantamount to possible territorial claims and withdrew its signature from the border agreement.

    The treaty formally defines part of the easternmost frontier of both the EU and NATO.

    Chizhov said it was a positive signal that Elmar Brok, the head of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke about the need to sign agreements on a border with Estonia and Latvia.

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