Russian official criticizes Europe for slow response on Baltics
Rahvusvahelised uudised 13 Nov 2009  EWR
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Andris Straumanis, Latvians Online

European officials remain “sluggish” in their response to efforts at rewriting the history of World War II and to claims of discrimination against the Russian-speaking minority in the Baltic states, an official from Moscow has told a meeting of ethnic Russians in Belgium.

Grigory Karasin, Russia’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, told the third annual European Russian Forum that “the Russian community in traditional overseas countries could play an important role in supporting fellow compatriots in the (Commonwealth of Independent States) and the Baltic states, by drawing on its rich practice of ethnocultural survival in a foreign environment.”

The forum was initiated three years ago by Tatjana Ždanoka, who is a member of the European Parliament representing Latvia and a member of the pro-Russian political party For Human Rights in United Latvia (Par cilvēka tiesībām vienotā Latvijā).

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