Russian language supplanted Spanish and won the third highest prevalence in the world, talking to him for 500 million people, said Friday the president of the St. Petersburg State University, president of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature Lyudmila Verbitskaya.
"I can assure you that the Russian language is known for half a billion people and it is not the fourth, and third place after Chinese and English, "- said Verbitskaya at the World Congress of Compatriots
"The Spanish language should now be on this scale for the Russian," — she said, reports
"The Russian language is taught anyway in about a hundred countries around the world," — said the head of the Association.
"Changing attitude towards Russia, it in many states do not look like a problem and a danger, but as to the possibility of mutually beneficial economic cooperation", — underlined Verbitskaya.