“Yesterday, Mr. Knut Vollebaek spent only thirty minutes meeting with
me. At the same time, he had already managed to meet with [chairman of
the council of the Batkivschyna united opposition Arseniy] Yatseniuk and
other new experts on the language issue. This negative position by Knut
Vollebaek demonstrates that many European politicians are interested in
destabilizing the situation in Ukraine,” Kolesnichenko said.
He said he could not understand why Vollebaek has the courage to make
comments on the bill, because the only expert body in this matter,
which is recognized by the laws of Ukraine, is the Venice Commission.
The Venice Commission, in turn, according to Kolesnichenko, made a
positive assessment of the bill on principles of state language policy.
“It is interesting that all countries in which Vollebaek worked as a diplomat have faced inter-ethnic conflicts,” he said.