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Yanukovych favors equal conditions for Ukrainian language in Russia and Russian language in Ukraine

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July 13, 2012, 8:20 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hopes that equal conditions will be created for studying of the Ukrainian language in Russia and Russian in Ukraine.
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hopes that equal conditions will be created for studying of the Ukrainian language in Russia and Russian in Ukraine.

"We hope for the understanding of full-fledged bilateral conditions for studying of languages - Ukrainian on the Russian territory and Russian on the Ukrainian territory," Yanukovych told reporters after the fifth session of the Ukrainian-Russian Interstate Commission, which took place at Livadia Palace (Yalta) on July 12.

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Phill M July 14, 2012, 12:58 a.m.    

That may be the most intelligent thing Yanuk ever said regarding the language issue.

Of course, it means jack if he doesn't really mean it, and is simply saying it for the sake of trying to 'smooth' the wrinkles his bill has caused.

At the very least, he has brought the bill into review to take into consideration some of the comments and criticism that it has received. Maybe he will drop the stupid '10% of region' claus (which limits the effectiveness of the bill to the inclusion of only Russian (nationwide), and Tatar (in the Crimea, and would result in the exclusion of several languages that were supported by the Charter of Regional or Minority Languages).

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Phill M July 14, 2012, 12:58 a.m.    

Yanuk should also sit on Putin.

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Bob MacBride July 14, 2012, 10:56 a.m.    

Yes, for once I agree with Yanukovich...I wish Russians and their language in Ukraine the same treatment that Ukrainians and their language get in Russia. This means that there should be no Russian schools and any Russian cultural centers should be shut down. And if you try to speak Ukrainian in Russia, you will certainly get beat up by Putin's goon squads though, since Putin has turned most Russians into serious fascists, you probably get beat up, abused, or scolded for not speaking Russian by the average Russian. According to what Putin just said at the joint press conference with Yanukovich, there are 3 million Ukrainians in Russia. And yet not one single Ukrainian school exists!! The one Ukrainian cultural center that existed in Moscow - where there are lots and lots of Ukrainians - was forcibly closed by the Putin dictatorship. So, good luck Russians in Ukraine! You really should be give the EXACT SAME treatment in Ukraine as Ukrainians receive in your country, Russia.

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myron kry July 19, 2012, 8:53 p.m.    

Thank you Mr. McBride. Well spoken.
I recall a situation once when we (my family) visited St. Petersburg. There was some minor issue with our passport. So, not knowing the Russian language, we switched to Ukrainian thinking it may be easier for the passport clerk to understand. Well, we realized that was mistake after taking a severe 'scolding' from the passport control officer. When dealing with Russians, everything is a one way street.
Ukraine has some hard times ahead. They need as much support as they can get.Let's hope the November elections, if they're fair, bring about a change.

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