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Azarov: If language law needs to be amended, we are ready for compromise

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July 26, 2012, 10:39 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The bill on the principles of the state language policy of Ukraine may be amended, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said.
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The bill on the principles of the state language policy of Ukraine may be amended, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said. 

"The president and the government have clearly stated their position. We have stated that we will thoroughly examine the proposed law, and if this law, which was put forward by two MPs, contains provisions that need to be changed, if the amendments to this law are reasonable, we are ready to compromise, because the field for a compromise is very broad," he said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Zavtra (Tomorrow).

"The issue of stability in Ukraine, and the issue of unity in the country are extremely important to us," the premier said. 

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Roman Dawydiak July 26, 2012, 3 p.m.    

Thatta boy Mickey. Two steps back and one step forward.

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 6:46 p.m.    

Azarov stated that the Ukrainian language is "Little Russian language"

http://tsn.ua/politika/azarov-nazvav-ukrayinsku-movu-malorosiyskoyu.html

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 6:56 p.m.    

Azarov has aldeady advised television switch to Russian

http://tsn.ua/politika/azarov-vzhe-radit-telebachennyu-perehoditi-na-rosiysku-movu.html

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 6:58 p.m.    

High Commissioner on National Minorities OSCE Knut Vollyenbek believes that the bill does not protect the language rights of minorities in accordance with international norms.

In his view, this paper focuses exclusively on promoting Russian language and does not guarantee to those who speak the official language.

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/07/26/6969544/

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 7:38 p.m.    

Azarov has aldeady advised television switch to Russian

http://tsn.ua/politika/azarov-vzhe-radit-telebachennyu-perehoditi-na-rosiysku-movu.html

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AL BALA July 27, 2012, 1:18 a.m.    

Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk has shown contempt for the “Little Russian” language and culture, a derogatory reference to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was recently asked if he would pray with the Russian president for the glory of the Russian world, an ideological concept that has all Eastern Slavic or Russian-speaking regions subjugated to Moscow. His answer: „I would gladly do so.”

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