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    RUSSIA WAITS FOR CONCRETE STEPS FROM ESTONIA IN SOLUTION OF PROBLEM OF NON-CITIZENS

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    MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti correspondent Polina Kalabukhova) - Russia has focused Estonia's attention on the great number of non-citizens in the country, says the Russian Foreign Ministry in its report on the results of the bilateral consultations that took place in Tallinn on Wednesday.

    The Russian side also spoke of the necessity of legislative guarantees for the preservation in Estonia of a Russian-speaking education and the right to use a mother tongue in communicating with the authorities in the areas where the Russian-speaking population dominates.

    Apart from that, Moscow also raised the question of Estonia's latest actions which contradict the bilateral agreement of 1994 on social guarantees to military pensioners.

    "The positive dynamics in Tallinn's approaches to the above mentioned problems would help improve the climate in bilateral contacts, which would directly tell on the solution of big political problems," the Russian Foreign Ministry underscores.

    Special attention at these consultations was paid to the coming expansion of the European Union, including the extension of the Russia-EU Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation onto the future members of the European Union.

    "The removal of Russian concerns in this connection would also meet the interests of the expanded European Union," the Russian Foreign Ministry believes.

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