Some Former Soviet States Policy on Russian Irrelevant, says Putin

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Sep 28 13:29:10 UTC 2005

Putin Claims Some Former Soviet States Policy Regarding Russian Language
is Irrelevant

 27 September 2005 | 13:24 | FOCUS News Agency

Moscow/Riga. The policy of some former Soviet states regarding the Russian
language is irrelevant, Russias President Vladimir Putin stated in the
frameworks of his annual live webcast with Russias citizens answering a
question of a Latvian citizen related to Latvias intention to abolish
Russian language from the curriculum of the schools in the country. The
debate is shown televised by Channel 1 of the Russian national television.
"Just a few years ago we were all sharing one home  the Soviet Union.
Subsequently, some states undertook the policy of ignoring their past,
which is just irrelevant," Vladimir Putin said.

Russia is ready to help in finding solution to all the problems related to
the Russian-speaking citizens of the former Soviet republics, President
Putin added.

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