Lavrov: No more problems broadcasting Russian-language television in Ukraine

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May 13, 2010, 2:22 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Moscow, May 13 (Interfax) - Ukraine has lifted discriminatory sanctions in relation to Russian-language television channels, imposed when Viktor Yuschenko was president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Federation Council on Thursday. "We have no problems with Ukraine, since the discriminatory, politically-motivated, ideology-tinged and anti-Russian decisions that were being made when Yuschenko was president have been lifted," Lavrov said when asked about Russian TV broadcasts to countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

"In instances, when problems arise with broadcasting, we get the discriminatory obstacles removed and we forge agreements with our partners to guarantee on a mutual basis citizens' demand for information," he said.
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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:25 p.m.    

Reciprocal? So we can expect Ukrainian-language channels in Russia for Ukrainian minorities there? Oh, I guess not.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 10:23 p.m.    

Guest, there already are at least three NATIONAL Ukrainian-language channels in Russia. Plus Ukrainian-language music is played on Russian radio stations. You should really visit Ukraine or Russia sometime to dispel your false notions.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 1:33 a.m.    

People always dig out this 'you've never been there' argument and message boards and obviously you don't know who you're talking to and what their background is so that's just stupid. Perhaps I could say that obviously you've never been to any free democratic countries with real minority rights but in truth I don't know. Maybe you have, but if you did, you didn't learn very much.

It's well-known that Ukrainian language teachers and cultural institutions in Russia are hassled by the security services. A couple of songs doesn't mean anything. To reduce Ukrainian to the status of cultural oddity would be job done for the Russians.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 1:41 a.m.    

Your statements are based on thin air. LOL - Ukrainian teachers harassed by security services??! :))) What a hell are you talking about? Go to Russia first and then you can talk. For now what you are saying is just plain bs.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 3:57 a.m.    

no, you are jut plain BS, because I am Ukrainian. You are nt the only one who is fluent in English in all of Russia or Ukraine

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 6:34 a.m.    

Toshu, please give me a break. LOL! :) You are just as much Ukrainian as I am your grandmother's first boyfriend from mars.

Come on. Get real. Real Ukrainians do not think like you do.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 5:09 p.m.    

funny with these russians that anything pro Ukrainian is viewed as anti Russian.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 9:19 p.m.    

Ukrainian is a backward concept, most popular in the farms of Western Ukraine.

Russian is much more universally spoken and is rational.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 12:12 a.m.    

Ukrainian is a backward concept??? Those sort of comments are the reason Russia and it's language are becoming pariahs in the rest of the world. Not all Russian's think as you, but it is your kind who give all of them a bad image. You Nashi-Nazi's have such a massive inferiority complex that the only way you know of to advance Russian language and ideas is to try to pull down and denigrate others. Throughout history this is the reason Russia has always been backward compared to other countries except for perhaps Africa.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 1:38 a.m.    

Well your kind gives bad image to Canadian &quot;diaspora&quot; that has nothing better to do than get their noses into business that has never been theirs.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:21 p.m.    

The russian passport holders and yanukovych's KGB comrades that control Ukraine restarted the russification of Ukraine.

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 5:09 a.m.    

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Federation Council on Thursday:

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the hen house. The wolves will be herding the sheep!

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Anonymous May 14, 2010, 4 a.m.    

What about the opposite THAT a problem?

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Anonymous May 28, 2010, 10:03 p.m.    

Satisfaction with booming cooperation with Russia on humanitarian issues?

In Lviv:

The officers got overly aggressive and started striking demonstrators with truncheons.

In Kharkiv:

We Kharkiv journalists cannot stand back when freedom of speech, civil and professional rights are under attack. Today, on 27 May, in Gorky Park our colleagues were assaulted. Members of the media were not only prevented from carrying out their professional duties, but for the first time in recent years physical force was applied against journalists and cameramen.

We consider such action in relation to members of the media unacceptable and demand a legal assessment and response from the authorities, law enforcement agencies, as well as a mandatory examination of the statements made by our colleagues who suffered on 27 May during the incident in Gorky Park. We insist that all guilty of beating members of the media are punished without delay. We call on journalists to show solidarity in standing up for their professional rights. We ask all those who share our position to join this appeal.

27 May 2010

Українською тут:

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