Analyst: Yanukovych looking for compromise on language issue

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Aug. 9, 2012, 2:30 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has tried to relieve tension in society by ordering the creation of a working group on the drafting of proposals to the mechanism for the use of languages in Ukraine, Head of the Penta Center for Political Studies Volodymyr Fesenko has said.

"This action is aimed at relieving tension over the law and showing that the president understands the concerns about the language problem, and worries over the status and prospects of the Ukrainian language," the analyst said, while commenting to Interfax-Ukraine on the signing of the language law by the president and the order to set up a respective working group.

Fesenko added that he had predicted such a scenario a long time ago, because the president, from the standpoint of national interests, "wants the public not to be split on the language principle, but to be more or less consolidated."

"Another thing is that at present, during the election campaign, his party's interest requires the adoption of a law that foresees the strengthening of the status of the Russian language. So the president tried to find a compromise," the analyst said.

However, he did not rule out the submission of an appeal to the Constitutional Court, as a result of which the language law could be canceled by the court.

"Perhaps, the law will remain in the same form, but some amendments strengthening the public status of the Ukrainian language will be introduced," Fesenko said.

However, in his opinion, it does not mean that the language issue will leave the sphere of political struggle.

"I draw your attention to the fact that the election program of the Regions Party stipulates a desire to ensure the public status of the Russian language. So, I think it will not be an empty election promise. The subject of introducing amendments to the constitution will now become urgent. So we will face the debate about the status of the Russian language at the constitutional level. And, of course, this topic could also be relevant during the presidential election," the analyst said.

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Luda Semeniuk Aug. 9, 2012, 3:06 p.m.    

After the insult Yanukovych received from Putin being 4 hours late to a meeting because Putin preferred to meet with Biker Thugs than a leader of Ukraine, why in anyone's right mind sign off on such a bill? This bill leaves the door wide open for Russia to do to Ukraine what Russia did to Georgia. Putin already has his thugs in place in Ukraine. Allowing the russian language any standing in Ukraine let alone equal standing is like Yanukovych shooting himself in the foot and nailing Ukraine to the cross. Russians mentality towards Ukraine is "the problem with Ukraine is she has ethnic Ukrainians" Don't fool yourself to think Russia won't try to commit ethnic cleansing and slavery of Ukrainians again as they have done so many times before, not just in the 1930s. Accept Russians for what they are. A continuous enemy to civilized society.

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