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Lavrov draws attention to Russian minorities

  • 2006-01-27
  • By TBT staff
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has complained about alleged rights violations of the Russian-speaking population in Estonia and Latvia.

Lavrov approached Rolf Ekeus, High Commissioner for Ethnic Minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on the issue: "We naturally drew his attention to the situation of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia and Estonia."

Moscow valued Ekeus' attentiveness to the subject, he added. Russia hopes that their proposed recommendations will help Russian compatriots integrate into their countries of residence.

After last October's visit to Estonia, Ekeus stated that relations between the ethnic communities had improved in Estonia.