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    RIGA, MARCH 1 (RIA Novosti) - Last weekend the For Human Rights in United Latvia bloc of the Latvian Russian-speaking political forces and representatives of the Russian-speaking United People's Party of Estonia called for establishing a "Russian league" in the European Union - a Union of the Russians of the European Union.

    In the joint communique its authors stated that no political force of the European Union is now capable of representing the interests of the Russian-speaking population of Europe in the EU institutions. Latvia and Estonia have numerous and organized Russian diasporas, and after these countries enter the EU the number of the bearers of the Russian language and culture in the European Union "will exceed the numerical strength of the population of many separate European states." For this reason, the parties of the Russian-speaking minorities of Latvia and Estonia "must assume special responsibility in the cause of unifying the Russians of Europe," the initiators of establishment of a new political structure stress.

    According to them, it must not become a nationalist party but "a European party of Russian culture, economy and public solidarity."

    The Russian League initiators view representation of the interests of the EU's Russian inhabitants "at the European, national and local levels of power" and organizing mutual assistance of the EU's Russian communes and diasporas in resolution of the legal and cultural problems the Russians encounter in different EU countries as tasks of the future party.

    Its initiators also believe that it will make for economic and legal integration of the EU and Russia.

    The representatives of the Russian population of Latvia and Estonia agreed to organize a joint working group for forming the new political structure, and to hold a meeting of such a group in Tallinn this March.

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