Russia will begin a project to create a chain of Russian schools abroad, including in the Baltic states, in the nearest future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We have approved on the government level and will soon begin implementing a project called Russian School Abroad. We will be reaching agreements, and not only with the Baltic states, but also with other our neighbors, countries where Russians live, on the creation of Russian schools there at our expense," Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

Lavrov specified that these schools will follow Russian standards.

"We would like that to happen soon. However, everything will depend on the Foreign Ministry," Lavrov said.

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