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NATO General Secretary reminded Ukraine that languages of national minorities need protection

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NATO General Secretary reminded Ukraine that languages of national minorities need protection


29.05.2018

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Kiev must resolve an issue of languages arising from a new law on education, according to the NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg who made this statement during his speech in Warsaw where NATO Parliamentary Assembly was held, TASS informs.

General Secretary has reminded that the national minorities as well as their languages need protection. He has added that this concerns the 
Polish language at Ukraine too. At this, Stoltenberg has remarked that the state is entitled to demand of the population to speak the state language. 

Note that the law accepted in Ukraine contains articles discriminating all national minorities at Ukraine. Experts of the Venice Commission believe that that the new edition of the law lacks solutions for the non-official languages of the European Union, the Russian language, in particular. The Commission concludes that there is not any basis for less favorable attitude towards these languages, so the question of discrimination of these languages is raised in this case.

According to the law on education, children will be able to study in the languages of the national minorities including the Russian language at the initial grades only. Starting the 5th grade, all school subjects of the school curriculum will be taught in the Ukrainian language. This scheme is to work until 2020, later the Russian language and other languages will be taken out of the curriculum of the initial school grades too.

Moscow called this new Ukrainian law on education discriminating. Russia believes that this document deprived the Russian-speaking population of the country to get education in their native language. Thus, Kiev has roughly violated the international obligations and the Constitution of the country. 

After the new law came into effect, the Hungarian Foreign Minister commented that Ukraine stabbed Hungary in the back. Budapest blocked the NATO – Ukraine Commission hearing between Foreign Ministers demanding of Ukraine to ban the newly accepted law.

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