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The State Duma issued a statement on Friday on the ratification of the Protocol to the Russian-European Union Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in the wake of the EU's enlargement
The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, issued a statement on Friday on the ratification of the Protocol to the Russian-European Union Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in the wake of the EU's enlargement. The statement reads that extending the agreement to the EU's ten new member-countries meets Russia's national interests. However, MPs expressed concern about some acute problems that had not been settled yet. The State Duma, for example, pointed to passenger and cargo transits via Kaliningrad, Russia's westernmost exclave region, as yet unsettled problem. Despite relevant agreements, cargo transits have become more expensive and complicated after the EU enlargement, which hampers the region's economic development. Duma members are also concerned about the sluggish implementation of the project for high-speed and visa-free railroad communication between Kaliningrad and mainland Russia. Besides, Latvia and Estonia's accession to the EU did not help ensure ethnic minorities' human rights in these republics, above all in Latvia. Furthermore, the EU tends to protect Latvia and Estonia from criticism at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) rather than looking for solutions to these problems, especially masses of stateless persons, infringements on non-residents' socio-economic rights and language discrimination. The Duma is alarmed by the fact that the authorities in Latvia and Estonia stepped up their anti-Russian rhetoric and put forward a series initiatives to revive groundless material and other claims to Russia after these countries joined the EU. Besides, the MPs believe it is unacceptable that these countries are continuing to revise WWII outcomes, praising local SS detachments who fought on the Nazi's side in that war. "This position of the new EU members contradicts the spirit of strategic partnership between Russia and the EU and threatens security and stability in the entire European continent," reads the statement. The State Duma also urges the Russian government should intensify efforts to implement agreements on veterinary and phito-sanitary control, trade in nuclear materials and agricultural produce. The Duma intends to monitor all aspects of dialogue between Russia and the EU and proposes that the European parliament should consider setting up a subcommittee for control over the implementation of the protocol of the committee on Russia-EU parliamentary cooperation
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