More than one million Russian citizens consider Ukrainian their native language, head of the Education and Science Ministry of the Russian Federation Dmitry Livanov said on Friday.

"We note in Russia a great interest in study of the Ukrainian language. More than one million Russian citizens consider Ukrainian as their native language, and Ukraine is interested in the Russian language," he said at signing of the memorandum on mutual understanding between the Russian Education Ministry and the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

According to him, Russia has a request of the parents to create more schools with Ukrainian as a language of instruction.

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