The state Duma adopts a statement condemning the Ukrainian law on education

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The state Duma on Wednesday will consider a draft resolution, which condemned the adoption of the Ukraine law on education; parliamentarians noted that the document is discriminatory and is «enforced Ukrainianization, roughly contrary to the European Charter for regional or minority languages».

On Monday, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on education significantly reduces the possibility of education in minority languages. The governments of several countries, including Hungary and Romania, said that this law violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. In Moscow also believe that the education act violates the Ukrainian Constitution and international obligations of Kiev.

In accordance with the Parliament the new law on education, from September 1, 2018, children of national minorities in kindergartens and primary school subjects in their native language, parallel study of the state language. The 5th grade children beginning to learn Ukrainian, and the language of national minorities will be studied as a separate discipline. It may be teaching one or more courses in the languages of the countries of the EU. From 1 September 2020 education will be fully Ukrainian.

«Deputies of the state Duma with deep regret that approved by the Parliament of Ukraine the law is nothing but an act of forced Ukrainization, grossly contrary to Ukraine ratified the European Charter for regional or minority languages», — stated in the draft resolution.

Parliamentarians noted that the adoption of the Ukraine law on education imposes a de facto ban on education in any other language, except Ukrainian, «it is no accident that there is no mention of Russian and other languages of peoples of Ukraine». «In addition to the Ukrainian government, the law mentions only the English language the opportunity of teaching which is specifically described in the relevant article of the law», — the document says.

MPs pay attention to the fact that the adoption of a discriminatory law in Ukraine has caused a sharp and sound response from the neighboring countries — Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania.

«The reaction to the official statements of the countries in political circles and mass media of Ukraine once again shows how far from the desired European values come to the country seeking membership in the European Union», — stated in the project document.

In the state Duma are well aware that the so-called education reform in Ukraine «aimed spearheaded primarily on the destruction of the remnants of Russian-language education and pursues the ultimate goal of complete assimilation of the Russian population of Ukraine».

«Continuing the old line in the language question, the Ukrainian authorities again provoke the situation and recreate the reasons, which became the starting point for the development of the conflict, and then the civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Deputies of the state Duma of Russia condemn the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine odious law «On education» and have expressed their full support for protests in Ukraine and in European countries about its adoption», — stated in the draft resolution.

Deputies plan to forward the corresponding application to the inter-parliamentary Assembly of States-participants of the CIS, PACE, PA OSCE, the Parliament of Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

As reported earlier, first Deputy speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov, a similar resolution on Wednesday plans to take the Council of the Federation.

In addition, on Wednesday, the state Duma plans to take another statement about the inadmissibility of economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.