In Minsk answered the call Kiev the Minister to abandon the Russian language

© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Alexandrapalace in fotobanka Russia and Belarus. Archival photoIn Minsk answered the call Kiev the Minister to abandon the Russian language© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Alexandrapalace the image Bank

Belarus has two state languages — Belarusian and Russian, and everyone makes a choice on which one to speak, so the head of the Information Ministry of Belarus Alexander Karlyukevich commented RIA Novosti statement by the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko.

«We have in the country two state languages — Belarusian and Russian, and I think everyone will make their choice,» said Karlyukevich, having refused other comments.

How it all began

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko has previously addressed the Belarusian participants of the forum of the regions of the two countries to speak in Belarusian, not in Russian. However, participants ignored his call.

After welcoming the participants, Zubco recalled that two weeks ago held a meeting of Ukrainian-Belarusian Commission on trade-economic cooperation, which as a working language used was Russian.

«Today, here at the forum, representatives of Ukraine and Belarus. I am speaking in the Ukrainian language and would love to hear Belarusian counterparts on the Belarusian language,» he said.

«Wildly funny»

Call Zubko to participants in Gomel not to speak Russian looked «wild and ridiculous», told RT the Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin.

In his opinion, such statements due to the fact that Kiev can not find other support Ukrainian patriotism, in addition to the language. In fact, they are an attempt to make the practice of discrimination of national minorities outside the country.

«They can’t imagine, although this is very common in the world that people in Belarus speak Russian language, are Belarusian patriots. Like Americans, speak English, are American patriots, not the British,» — said Zharihin.

The political scientist Alexander Dudchak, in turn, offered Zubko to put forward language requirements at home.

According to the expert, it has to stop surprising statements of Ukrainian officials and begin to treat them as «people not completely healthy».

The Ukrainian language law

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 1 September at the second attempt adopted in the first reading the draft law «On ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as the state language», which implies the transition to exclusively Ukrainian language in almost all spheres of life — it should be mandatory for bodies of state power and local self-government, all educational institutions, medical institutions and the service sector.

Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich has criticized the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the document.

«Under this bill should be almost a complete sweep of the educational space of the country from all languages except Ukrainian, English and official languages of the EU. Sad prospects await the cultural sphere, including exhibition and Museum activities, films and theatrical productions. The language of the ghetto are driven artificially health, the judiciary, the media,» he said at a meeting of the OSCE permanent Council.