Russia is interested in the preservation of the special status of the Russian language in some countries, Olga Golodets, Russian deputy prime minister and chairman of the Russian government's council on the Russian language, said.
"It is very important for us that the Russian language keeps its positions in the world and keeps its special status in some countries. In some countries, Russian is the state language, and in other countries its status is equal to the state language," Golodets told the council on Thursday.
According to the statistics provided by Golodets, some 260 million people in the world speak Russian and Russian is the sixth most widespread language in the world.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, some 17 million Russians live in CIS countries, of which over 8 million live in Ukraine, some 5 million live in Kazakhstan, over 1 million live in Belarus, and some 1 million live in Uzbekistan. Over 12.5 million Russians live in other countries and regions of the world.
The decision to create the Russian government's council on the Russian language was made in October 2013. The council convenes at least four times a year. The council is headed by Olga Golodets. Russian Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov is deputy chairman of the council.
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