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    MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Interior Ministry has drafted a presidential decree to expand the network of its representations abroad. Deputy head of the international cooperation department of the ministry's migration service Lyudmila Antonova said this at a briefing on Thursday.

    "In line with the drafted decree, 41 representations should be set up, including 17 - on migration issues," said Antonova.

    According to her, five federal migration service representations are operating abroad today.

    Mikhail Tyurkin, deputy head of the federal migration service, in turn touched upon the conclusion of agreements on readmission (the return home of illegal migrants if Russia is a transit country for them). Today such an agreement has been signed with Lithuania though nobody has yet been deported yet," said Tyurkin.

    In his words, the interior ministry receives numerous requests from European countries to conclude such agreements. "We are in turn conducting consultations on the issue with Oriental countries," said the deputy head of the migration service. Tyurkin described some of these countries, in part, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Iran, as potentially dangerous for Russia.

    Tyurkin also said that a special center would be built in the Pskov region (Russia's north-west) to house illegal migrants. "It is expected to receive up to 100 people a year from Lithuania alone," he said.

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