Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“Violation of the rights of national minorities in Ukraine requires close attention of the international community. Today’s statements by Verkhovna Rada Speaker Dmitry Razumkov about the existence of” only one people in Ukraine “once again confirm that the nationalist ideology, in fact, has been firmly entrenched in the minds of government officials in Kiev. This is real mockery of the part of its own population, which continues to speak and think, in particular, in Russian.
The laws adopted and signed under President Poroshenko on the exclusivity of the Ukrainian language and on education violate Ukraine’s international obligations regarding the implementation of such fundamental documents of the Council of Europe as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Moreover, those who fight for the right to teach children in their native Russian language – this is Donbass – continue to be persecuted with weapons in their hands.
And this applies not only to Russian-speaking citizens. The Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin is absolutely right in saying that the situation with national minorities in Ukraine is egregious. There is a consistent violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the Council of Europe.
In the very near future, the Russian delegation intends to raise the issue of protecting national minorities in Ukraine at the site of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. And here the PACE reaction will be an indicator of the truth of support for democracy and European values.”