Ukraine to examine minority language laws

Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official language

Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official language

KIEV – The Ukrainian parliament has agreed to draft legislation which could establish Russian as the country's second official language.

The resolution, passed by 275 Ukrainian MPs on Tuesday, will establish a commission to prepare new legislation “on the principles of the state language policy” to be submitted to parliament on March 31.

Language rights have been a source of conflict between Ukrainians and Russian-speaking citizens. Last month, the national parliament abolished existing legislation which gave Russian and other minority tongues the status of a “regional language” alongside Ukrainian if spoken by over 10 percent of the local population in a specific region.

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