Maximus
Barcelona city tours is a perfect opportunity to have a perfect vacation outside the Baltic States. Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

Moscow sends mixed signals on relations with Baltics

Feb 22, 2006
Staff and wire reports

TALLINN - Russian diplomats and politicians sent a mixed bag of signals last week about relations with the Baltic states, though one cultural expert was quoted as saying that the situation with ethnic Russians in Estonia and Latvia was "over-exaggerated." Eleonora Mitrofanova, head of the Russian International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation Center, told a press conference in Moscow that many noncitizens in Estonia and Latvia did not wish to apply for citizenship, often delayed registering their children and didn't bother to learn the local languages.


Mitrofanova, a regular visitor of all three Baltic states, did however claim that there were some restrictions of human rights. For instance, noncitizens are unable to take jobs in 25 spheres due to their lack of citizenship.

She said that, based on her own observations, the naturalization process in Latvia is progressing at a brisk pace. She quoted a statistic that 48 percent of Latvian conscripts are Russian-speakers.

The issue has become topical since President Vladimir Putin signed a decree establishing a commission that will be tasked with enticing ethnic Russians living abroad to move to Russia, which is facing its own demographic crisis.

Commenting on the decree, Mitrofanova said, "Monitoring has shown that Russians do not want to leave the Baltic countries because they are already in Europe, the countries are peaceful and have higher living standards. Russians want to leave Central Asia, and above all Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. But they don't want to leave the Ukraine very much."

Putin's aide, Viktor Ivanov, will head the commission. Curiously, Ivanov caused controversy last week after he claimed that Estonia and Latvia had territorial claims against Russia. Speaking at the German Foreign Policy Association, Ivanov said it was surprising how patiently the European Union was tolerating the said claims, the RIA Novosty agency reported.

Sergei Ivanov, chairman of the Estonian-Russian parliamentary group in the Riigikogu (Estonia's parliament), expressed surprise at the statement. "Estonia has no territorial claims to Russia and Tallinn has repeatedly officially declared this," he told BNs.

By way of evidence, he said that a recent meeting between representatives of the Estonian and Russian foreign ministries had taken place in a constructive mood, and no one had raised the issue of territorial claims.

Meanwhile, Russian MP Mikhail Margelov proposed to set up Russian-Estonian and Russian-Latvian youth commissions to give a new boost to cross-border cooperation.
 MORE NEWS
  • Clearing brush first step in b...
    TALLINN - Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and Environm...
  • Poll shows resistance to drink...
    TALLINN - A poll commissioned by the Estonian Health Development Institute indicat...
  • First step taken in 2015 campa...
    TALLINN - Social Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Sven Mikser made the opening move...
  • Eesti in brief...
    Tax and Customs Board department deputy director Raul Koppelmaa said that an es...
  • Estonia safe have n for Ukrain...
    TALLINN - The number of asylum applications in Estonia by citizens hailing from...
  • New education center pushes sc...
    TALLINN - President Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the opening of the new physic...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.