Popov: No demand for Russian schools in Kyiv

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Aug. 27, 2012, 1:06 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of the Ukrainian opposition hold up the Ukrainian national flag during a protest in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, July 30, 2012. Ukrainian lawmakers refused to re-consider a controversial language bill that upgrades the status of the Russian language.
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An issue of increasing the number of Russian schools in Kyiv is not on the agenda of the capital's authorities today, as there are no relevant proposals from Kyiv residents, Head of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov has said.

"We did not discuss the issue at the meeting of the city council as we did not have reasons for that. We don't see any active initiatives of Kyiv residents today… If there is a proposal, the authorities react to it. If there are no proposals, how can the authorities respond?" he said at a press briefing following a meeting of Kyiv City State Administration in Kyiv on Monday, Aug. 27.

He stressed that there should be demand for increased number of Russian schools in Kyiv so that the authorities could work on the issue.

"There should be demand and the authorities will do everything to satisfy it. It doesn't matter what language we are speaking about – Russian, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese," Popov said.

He added that some business structures are ready to invest in creation of schools with profound Russian and French languages.

"There is no rush. There are some projects. I've mentioned them – these are French and Russian initiatives," Popov said.

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