Russia: Ukraine Contradicts to Venice Commission’s Conclusions on Education Law

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    Sergey Lavrov

 MOSCOW (FNI) –Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, says that Ukraine contradicts to the Venice Commission while failing to consider its conclusions regarding the language articles of the Ukrainian law ‘On Education’, adopted by Ukraine's Parliament on September 5th, 2017.

Lavrov says that the indicated law contains discriminatory provisions on languages used by national minorities.

"So far, we do not see Ukraine’s willingness to take into account the comments of the Venice Commission," he said at a press conference after his meeting with  Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium.

Lavrov also mentioned the legislation of Donbas reintegration adopted in early 2018, which, he says, contradicts to all Minsk agreements.

In the beginning of December, 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 would help to introduce this law, taking into account the linguistic interests of all minorities.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the adoption of the Ukrainian educational reform was a "knife in the back" of the Hungarians, as it reduces the rights to education for national minorities.  Romanian President Klaus Iohannis canceled the visit to Ukraine after the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law 'On Education'.

On September 25th, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó stated that because of Ukraine's adoption of the law on education and its signing by President Petro Poroshenko, Hungary would block Ukraine in the European Union.

On October 10th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary announced that they would reconsider the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó claimed that the law violated the terms of the association.