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Language law: Hungary hopes Zelensky will solve issues of national minorities

Hungarian diplomats hope Zelensky will help to restore friendly relationships between Hungary and Ukraine
12:34, 17 May 2019

President-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
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After Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the language law, Hungary’s MFA informed that they hope President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky will resolve the “problematic issues”, as Radio Liberty reported.

“We are interested in the restoration of well-adjusted and friendly relationships between Hungary and Ukraine, and we hope that President0elect will be open for that,” the statement reads.

Hungarian diplomats called the law “consistent with the style” of Poroshenko. They also expressed hope that Zelensky will solve the issues with the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.

Related: Language law raises Ukrainian quotas to 90% on national TV channels, 80% - on local

The statement of the Hungarian MFA reads that language law “pressures the rights of the national minorities as it deprives them of the right to use their mother tongue”.

Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Foreign Minister, called the law “unacceptable”.

Related: Ukraine's language law officially published

As it was reported earlier, on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one in the second reading and in general.

The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program. 

Related: President Poroshenko signs language law

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