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Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for Armenia to adopt Russian as an official language. While the proposal was made in the spirit of eternal Armenian-Russian brotherhood, it was nevertheless received coolly in Yerevan.

The suggestion emerged after the Russian Duma adopted a law, on July 12, allowing drivers from Eurasian Union countries to work as commercial drivers in Russia, but only if those countries recognize Russian as an official language. "In this way we're providing encouragement to governments which respect the Russian language and enshrine it in their constitutions and recognize it officially," said Leonid Kalashnikov, a Duma member and one of the law's authors.

In practice that means that those from Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan -- all of which recognize Russian as an official language -- are covered, but Armenia is not.

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Moscow Suggests Armenia Adopt Russian As Official Language

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