Russia-initiated sitting on language situation in Ukraine is scheduled for July 16. In May, the Security Council refused to summon the sitting dedicated to the Law of Ukraine on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state one. Then, the Russian delegation appealed to the organization to hold the sitting again.
The briefing is broadcasted on the UN Web TV.
With letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council:
"Following the request by the delegation of the Russian Federation for the convening of urgent consultations in relation to the situation in Ukraine and in view of subsequent proposals by several delegations to hold such a meeting in a public format, I have the honour, in accordance with rule 2 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, to request you to convene an emergency meeting of the Council in the briefing format today, 13 April 2014, at 8 p.m., to consider the alarming developments in Ukraine."
Oleg Nikolenko, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s permanent representation to the UN commented on the briefing:
“Though everyone realizes that Moscow is interested not in language law, but in the possibility to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. Ukraine’s delegation to the UN has stated that the language law is an internal issue of our state. Security Council has nothing to do with it,” he noted.
On July 16, the law on Ukrainian language No. 2704-VIII came into force. Not all of it though, the most high-profile ones will take effect later. 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.