|Vadim Radionov. Russian experts: relationship is improving
By the end of June two respectable political scientists in Moscow, Evgenij Kozokin, Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Investigations, and Sergej Markov, political scientist, expressed their opinion on the issues of Latvian-Russian relations. Both experts were of the same opinion with regards to the issue of stateless persons in Latvia and Estonia – it will continue agitating Russian authorities for a long time yet.
“Russia is interested in the development of stable transit through the ports of the Baltic states”, - said Kozokin, touching the economic aspect of cooperation. “Interests of the Baltic States and Russia coincide in this respect”.
Political scientist Sergej Makarov considers that irrespective of who is going to be elected the next President of Russia, political pressure on the Baltic countries concerning the status of Russian-speaking population in these countries will only increase, however, the development of intergovernmental relations will continue.
Markov makes an assumption that economic cooperation between the Baltic States and Russia is going to be further developed leaving out political implications.
“From the political point of view we will start strictly demanding to observe democratic principles in full. Such principles provide for the right to everybody to acquire citizenship, and that Russian language shall be recognized as a second official language, also certain autonomy shall be given to the regions, where most Russian-speaking population is concentrated” – said Markov.
We will make the EU to acknowledge that problems exist in these countries” – he added to the above.
Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Research with reference to the article in “The Time” of 21June 2007