Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, licensed under CC BY 4.0
The European Union must express its assessment of the discriminatory amendments to the Latvian electronic media law regarding language quotas in broadcasting, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said on June 16 at an online conference with journalists.
The conference discussed the phone talks between the Russian Foreign Minister and the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
According to Lavrov, Russia is concerned with Latvia’s decision to introduce language quotas in electronic media broadcasting, which will dramatically reduce the broadcasting to the Russian-speaking channels.
Approximately 40% of the Latvian population continue to use the Russian language. “The discrimination is obvious. The EU must analyze these decisions and express its position. At least, we have expressed this request to Brussels, hoping that the statements we are hearing from Brussels about democracy and access to information will not be empty words,” Lavrov said.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency