Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: New Law on Education in Ukraine is forcing out the Russian language

13.09.2017, Russia.

Ukraine is establishing a mono-ethnic language regime, the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on September 12 in response to the adoption of a new Law on Education in Ukraine. The comment is published on the department’s website.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine [the Ukrainian Parliament – editor] adopted the law “On Education,” which “stipulates stiff restrictions on the use of minority languages and envisages a transition to schooling only using the Ukrainian language by 2020”, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that “the main goal of the current Ukrainian lawmakers is to trample the interests of millions of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine and to enforce a mono-ethnic language regime in a multi-ethnic state.”

This step of the Ukrainian legislators is seen “as an attempt by the [Kiev] authorities, which came to power via a Maidan revolt, to bring about a complete Ukrainisation of the country’s education system.” The Ministry’s comment indicates that the adopted law directly violates both Kiev’s international commitments in the sphere of culture and the Ukrainian Constitution.

The foreign ministries of Poland, Romania, and Hungary, as well as the President of Moldova, have already criticized this law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation believes in the importance of collective efforts against the violation of universally recognized norms.

Those who illegally seized power in Ukraine in the coup of 2014 are carrying out a policy of forced Ukrainisation of the population. This forced the population of Donetsk and Lugansk regions [of Ukraine] to defend their right to speak and think in Russian with weapons in hand.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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