Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“The Kyiv District Administrative Court refused to satisfy today a statement banning the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy to sign the law” On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language.
One more step towards language segregation. The law, in the event of final entry into force, will further divide the country, further alienate Donetsk and Lugansk from Kiev.
We do not leave hopes for the sound approach of the elected president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, in this matter. Zelensky has already promised to check the law for the observance of human rights and the interests of all citizens, and his team will reconsider the “odious decisions” of the previous leadership of Ukraine. It is to such decisions that the signing of the law on the exclusivity of the Ukrainian language will apply, if the current head of state, Petro Poroshenko, does so. Zelensky must understand that in this way his next presidency will lay down the next and far from the smallest “mine”.