Kyiv: NATO is in solidarity with Hungary, which insists that Ukraine should implement the conclusions of the Venice Commission regarding the language provisions of the law on education. This was stated by NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller during a visit to Hungary, the press service of the Alliance reports.
"The Allies act jointly with Hungary on the law of Ukraine on education. In the Brussels Declaration and in the evaluation of the Annual Program of Ukraine, all members of the Alliance call on Ukraine to fully implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission," she said.
As you know, Hungary is blocking the holding of meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, alleging a violation of the rights of Hungarians living in Ukraine, because of the provision of the law on education, which stipulates that the language of the educational process in educational institutions is the state language.
Gottemoeller stressed that the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission is "the central part of our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as a powerful means of ensuring that its government remains on the path of reform."
Gottemoeller thanked Hungary "for supporting Ukraine in the conflict with Russia, in particular for the reverse gas supplies, humanitarian aid and the treatment of wounded soldiers."
We recall that the law on education came into force on September 28, 2017. It provides that children can receive pre-school and primary education in the language of national minorities, and from the 5th grade - in Ukrainian. Budapest saw in this a violation of the rights of the Hungarian minority. Kyiv denies these charges.