MOSCOW SATISFIED WITH EUROPEAN COUNCIL'S DECISION TO APPROVE EU CONSTITUTION

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MOSCOW, June 19 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow is satisfied with the European Council's decision to approve the EU Constitution, Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said on Saturday.

"This a new important step aimed to consolidate integration processes in the European Union and development of further many-sided cooperation on the continent," Mr. Yakovenko noted.

According to him, the Constitution promotes consultative and proportional principles, forms the institute of EU citizenship and fixes the equality of all EU citizens.

The first assessments show that EU leaders regard the Constitution adoption as a fundamental event, which will make the European Union more transparent and democratic, the diplomat stressed.

"We share this assessment and hope that the adoption of this basic EU document will help form Europe without demarcation lines," Mr. Yakovenko added.

This event will remove Russia's concern for the provision of the Russian-speaking minorities' rights in the Baltic States, boost the implementation of Kaliningrad transit agreements and guarantee freedoms of movement of Russian and EU citizens, said the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman.

"The changes introduced by the Constitution will inevitably improve formats of Russia-EU cooperation based on the principles of strategic partnership, equality and mutual interests," Alexander Yakovenko concluded.

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