Parliament sets up commission which could make Russian a second official language
KIEV â€“ 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 â€œon the principles of the state language policyâ€ 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 â€œregional languageâ€ alongside Ukrainian if spoken by over 10 percent of the local population in a specific region.
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