Russia Enacts June 6th Day of the Russian Language

President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Monday declaring June 6th Day of the Russian language, reported local media.

According to the presidential decree establishing the Russian Language Day aims to celebrate every year on the anniversary of the great Russian poet and creator of Russian literary Alexander Pushkin.

“This decision was taken to” safeguard and develop the Russian language as a national heritage of the people of the Russian Federation, the international communication tool and an integral part of the cultural and spiritual heritage of world civilization,” President Medvedev said.

Medvedev said Monday it could raise the use of Russian in the European Union at the next EU-Russia Summit to be held in Nizhny Novgorod.

Russian is the language most widespread geographically on the Eurasian continent and the most important language in Europe.