The state Duma adopted a statement in which has accused Ukraine in the ethnocide of the Russian people in connection with the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the law «On education». This was reported by «Interfax».
The statement said that the law «On education» will become «an act of ethnocide Russian people in Ukraine.»
According to deputies of the state Duma, the law violated basic standards of the UN and the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of the linguistic identity of indigenous peoples and national minorities.
The document notes that by 2020, the education system in Ukraine will be Ukrainian fully, which will lead to the disappearance of Russian-language schools and classes and schools for national minorities.
The state Duma will send the statement to the United Nations, the Interparliamentary Union, Interparliamentary Assembly of States – participants of the CIS, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO PA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA), Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the parliaments of the European States.
On 5 September the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading the law «On education», September 25, it was signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and on 27 September he published in the newspaper «Voice of Ukraine».
The document introduces 12-year school education and the educational office of the Ombudsman, as well as expanding the use of the Ukrainian language in education.
Concern about the language of the article in the law has raised a number of countries: Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Bulgaria and Greece. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stated that he had decided not to visit Ukraine in October because of a new Ukrainian law «About education». The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that the visit of the President of Romania in Kiev not canceled and postponed.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Hungary said today that they will block any further rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU because of the law «On education».
The Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin noted that Ukraine maintains the conditions for learning minority languages. According to him, knowledge of the state language is a matter of national security.
Press Secretary of the EU high representative in foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini Maya Kosyanchich said that the Ukrainian authorities should as soon as possible to appeal to the Council of Europe for expert opinion on the new law «On education» section is about the language of education was criticized.
The state Duma of the Russian Federation: the Law «On education» would be an act of ethnocide Russian people in Ukraine 27.09.2017