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2015.09.08 13:45

Russia expects Lithuania to pass national minorities law and facilitate access to Kaliningrad

  Russia expects that Lithuania will pass a law on national minorities and will facilitate access to the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad via its territory, Russia’s ambassador to Vilnius, Alexander Udaltsov, said in an interview published by the daily ‘Lietuvos žinios’ on Saturday.

Russia expects that Lithuania will pass a law on national minorities and will facilitate access to the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad via its territory, Russia’s ambassador to Vilnius, Alexander Udaltsov, said in an interview published by the daily ‘Lietuvos žinios’ on Saturday.

The Ambassador, who took office three months ago, acknowledged that the current level of bilateral relations is below the existing potential.

Speaking about the Russian ethnic minority in Lithuania, Udaltsov pointed out that “in Lithuania, there is no legislation regulating the rights of ethnic minorities”.

“We hope that the bill that is currently being drafted at the Seimas, will meet the European standards,” he said.

The Ambassador also said that freer movement in border areas remains an open issue.

“We hope that our proposals aimed at facilitating passenger movement by rail to Kaliningrad, harmonising transportation tariffs for goods going to Kaliningrad and Klaipeda and gas transit to the Russian exclave will be listened to,” he said.

Udaltsov also reiterated that Russia would like to establish information/culture centres in Lithuania, an idea that has until now been regarded with scepticism by officials in Vilnius.

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