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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

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