MOSCOW, January 28 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin conferred with European Parliament deputy Tatyana Zhdanyuk, member of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots, on Saturday for talks on an initiative to achieve the official status for the Russian language in the EU.
Commenting on the results of the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Karasin and Zhdanyuk “also discussed key issues of interaction between Russia and foreign compatriots and plans for 2012”.
“They exchanged views on compatriots’ initiative to achieve the official status for the Russian language in the European Union,” the ministry said.
Zhdanyuk is co-chairwoman of the For Human Rights in United Latvia party and deputy of the European Parliament. She became known by protecting rights of ethnic Russians in Latvia.