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UN Security Council to hold sitting on Ukrainian language

Russia-initiated sitting is scheduled on July 16
10:31, 2 July 2019

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The UN Security Council will hold a sitting on the Ukrainian language issue, as Oleg Nikolenko, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s permanent representation to the UN, reported on Facebook

Russia-initiated sitting is scheduled on 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.

“Soon, another act of the theater of the absurd in the UN Security Council will take place. Russia’s delegation had appealed on the discussion of the Ukrainian language law in the UN Security Council. Today, during negotiations of the agenda for the current month, such sitting was scheduled for July 16,” he wrote.

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According to Nikolenko, the fact that the law came into force was the reason.

“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.

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Nikolenko added that Ukraine and its partners use the sitting to raise issues of Russian-Ukrainian conflict, including the release of the Ukrainian sailors and political prisoners, attacks in Donbas and Russia’s responsibility for MH17 crash.

 

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