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VILNIUS, October 1 (Itar-Tass) — It is important to preserve the Russian culture not only for the Russian community in Lithuania, Russian Ambassador to Lithuania Vladimir Chkhikvadze said.
Addressing delegates of the annual conference of Russian compatriots on Saturday, Chkhikvadze said, “It is important to preserve the Russian culture not only for the Russian community in Lithuania but also for the Lithuanian intellectuals, international organisations and the Russian society as a whole.”
“This is conditioned by the fact that the richest spiritual and cultural heritage of Russian civilisation [its diaspora in Lithuania is its inalienable part] stepped over the national framework and was recognised by the whole world,” the Russian ambassador said.
“To this end, the events, which are organised by different organisations, should be directed at preserving and developing the Russian language and the Russian culture, protecting the interests and rights of compatriots living in Lithuania,” he noted.
The delegates of the conference stressed the need to join efforts aimed at protecting their legal rights in the field of native language education. They believe that without the active protection of their rights it is impossible to preserve Russian schools, speak the Russian language in public life and preserve national identity.