MOSCOW - Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said yesterday to the Duma that it is a shame on the European Union (EU) that "non-citizens" still exist in the Baltic States, ITAR-TASS reports.
"It is a shame on modern Europe and the EU. The European Union accepted Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, even though they did not meet the EU membership criteria. The Baltic States' attitude towards human rights, ethnic and linguistic minorities did not meet the EU criteria either," Lavrov said.
He also said that Russia would seek for the Russian language to be recognized as an official EU language, writes LETA/ELTA.