The Russian Foreign Ministry supported the recommendations of the
Venice Commission on the Ukrainian law on education and urged the
Ukrainian authorities to hold consultations with representatives of
national minorities. This is stated in the statement of the official representative of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.
"Experts of the Venice Commission emphasize that this law" does not contain a solution for languages that are not the official languages of the EU, in particular the Russian language, as the most widely used non-state language. " It is stressed that "a less favorable attitude toward these languages is difficult to justify in any way, so that the question arises of their discrimination." It is concluded that the most appropriate solution would be to amend article 7 of the law and replace its current provisions with "more balanced and clearly formulated". We support the above-mentioned assessments of the Venice Commission. Practical implementation of this law will mean open discrimination of millions of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, "Zakharova said in a statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was urged by the Ukrainian authorities, taking into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission, to hold consultations with representatives of national minorities and other interested parties with a view to working out solutions that would ensure equal language rights to all citizens of Ukraine, without exception.
"We expect that the Council of Europe will continuously monitor the compliance of the Ukrainian side with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. We also drew attention to statements by high-ranking representatives of the EU, who promised to insist on their implementation by Kiev in full. This is necessary to effectively ensure the rights of national minorities in Ukraine to education in their native language, "Zakharova added.
On Monday, December 11, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) published its decision on Article 7 of the Ukrainian law "On Education", which dealt with linguistic provisions. According to this decision, the rights of minorities of EU member states can be observed under this law, but with a clear implementation of Article 7.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reacted to the decision of the Venice Commission on the Ukrainian law "On Education", noting that the recommendations of the commission will help to introduce this law, taking into account the linguistic interests of all minorities.