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    RUSSIA TO DEVELOP RELATIONS WITH COMPATRIOTS IN ESTONIA

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    MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow and Tallinn discussed Russia-NATO relations concerning Estonia's readiness to join the adapted Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, the Russian Foreign Ministry's press and information department said following Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Chizhov's consultations in Tallinn on Wednesday.

    "Russia and Estonia stated their readiness for further mutually beneficial cooperation in the Baltic region, in particular, in the Baltic Sea States Council, and for regional and border interaction," the Foreign Ministry said.

    The Russian Embassy in Tallinn hosted Chizhov's meeting with representatives of the leading Russian-speaking public organizations. The meeting focused on the main aspects of Russia's policy on compatriots and vital international problems for Russian-Estonian relations.

    The programs to back the Russian language and education in Estonia and to help less protected strata of the Russian-speaking population, first of all, the Great Patriotic War veterans, and to solve other vital problems will be developed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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