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Veshnyakov: the referendum will not solve the linguistic problems in Latvia

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Alexander Veshnyakov

The referendum concerning the status of the Russian language as the second official language in Latvia – is Latvia’s own business, but many citizens voted for the second official language – so this is not an initiative of some small number of interested individuals, ambassador of Russia in Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov notes.

«Something else is disturbing. I was asked about this issue one too many times in the Latvian media. I was asked – if the recommendations, offered by the European structures concerning human rights, had been followed by the book, would the situation end where it is now – up to the referendum? Of course it would not have. This is why there is a reason to analyze the situation, to listen to the international recommendations about the status of human rights in Latvia. Most importantly because now you now have a high ranking representative in the European Council – the human rights commissar Neel Muiznieks», – the ambassador stresses out during an interview to Latvijas Avize newspaper.

«It is unlikely that the questions, such as they are formulated in the referendum, will be properly resolved. But at the same time – the problems exist. Right now there are but distant signals, but they form a clear order in which the government structure should resolve them», Veshnyakov says.

He also reveals, that, for example, the Russian Constitution clearly states that the Russian language is an official State language, but it is also stated that and additional official language can be introduced on the territory of the regions of the Russian Federation. «The opportunities are given to the people, who live on the territory of the Russian Federation, to communicate in the language they know. As for the newcomers, the large number s of whom come from the «close borders», when they apply for citizenship in the Russian Federation, they need to know the Russian language, for a more rapid inclusion to the Russian judicial and information space», – the ambassador says.

He generally projects a positive dynamic in the relationship between Latvia and Russia. «The turnover of our products brought about USD 8.2 billion in 2011. Which is by 20% more than in 2010, and we managed to reach pre-crisis indexes. This shows that we are successfully overcoming the hardships of the crisis», the ambassador explains.

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