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Zelensky: Issue of Ukrainian language is not urgent, it is fully protected

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian President added that if MPs do not like this or that law, it is normal to talk about it, but there should be a public dialogue
13:38, 9 March 2021

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The issue of the Ukrainian language is not urgent now, as the language is fully protected. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the Ukraine 30 forum, commenting on the attempts of the lawmakers of the Servants of the People faction to change the law on the state language.

Everything was clearly written in the Constitution - one single state language - Ukrainian. All those who raise the issue of nationality, language, church are people who want to "hype" temporarily, with great, unfortunately, consequences for many people. All these consequences are aimed at the division of society. I believe that the language issue is not timely, I believe that the Ukrainian language is completely protected," Zelensky said.

The President added that if MPs do not like this or that law, it is normal to talk about it, but there should be a public dialogue.

Related: Ukraine must declare 2021 ‘year of Ukrainian language’, - official

Earlier, on January 16, Article 30 of the Law of Ukraine on ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as an official language came into effect. This means that all enterprises, institutions, organizations (shops, online stores, shopping centers, etc.) must serve and provide all information, primarily in the state language; representatives of the service sector regardless of the form of ownership have a duty to serve consumers and provide information about goods and services in Ukraine only in the state language; if, in addition to the state language, information about goods and services is also provided in other languages, the amount of information about goods and services in the state language cannot be less than the required amount of information; other languages can only be used upon customer request.

Related: Odesa officials to take Ukrainian language courses

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