Moscow considers Latvian action to block Russian language…

(MENAFN) Russia has called Latvia’s move to ban the Russian language in workplaces ‘discriminatory’, saying the former Soviet Union member has turned the humiliation of ethnic sections into a state rule.

According to a statement released by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, a bill being drafted in this regard opposes global rules.

“Such absurd and discriminatory initiatives, affecting the interests of almost half of the Latvian population and going against many recommendations of the competent international structures, have long been a shameful practice,” she added.

“In this Baltic country, linguistic genocide and the humiliation of ethnic minorities, whose representatives are considered second-class people by the Latvian authorities, have been elevated to the level of state policy.

Zakharova also said: “Unfortunately, European ‘democratic’ structures are shamefully silent.”

Russian has foreign language status in the Baltic nation, which borders Russia.


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Sylvester L. Goldfarb