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Azarov: We won't allow anyone to eradicate minority languages in Ukraine

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Aug. 15, 2012, 8:11 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukraine has developed a program to support the Ukrainian language, while guaranteeing the protection of minority languages, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said.
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Ukraine has developed a program to support the Ukrainian language, while guaranteeing the protection of minority languages, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said.

"Nobody is against the Ukrainian language. Quite the contrary, we will now develop a large-scale program to support the Ukrainian language. This should be done... We should support the Ukrainian language. But we won't allow anyone to eradicate all languages of the peoples who live in Ukraine," he said in Odesa on Tuesday, while speaking with locals.

Azarov also added: "We have adopted the law [on the principles of state language policy], and now we will secure it in documents... I know that yesterday your [Odesa] City Council took a respective decision, and the regional council will soon take [a similar decision]."

As reported, Odesa City Council, at an extraordinary session on August 13, approved a resolution on the implementation of the law on the principles of state language policy in the city of Odesa, granting Russian the status of a regional language in the city.

According to the council's decision, from now on Russian could be used as a regional language in the city in office work, official documents, at schools and universities, in advertising and municipal toponymy.

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