UN Declines Hearing on Ukraine’s Language Law
The Russian Federation had requested a hearing on Ukraine's language law Monday
Members of the United Nations Security Council declined to discuss Ukraine’s recently adopted language law.
On Monday, the Russian Federation had sought to discuss the law, which establishes Ukrainian as Ukraine’s national language.
During the meeting, which began Monday at 10 p.m. Kyiv time, the majority of members of the Council of Europe voted against having the discussion.
“We can not hold a constructive discussion today on the initiative of one of the parties to the conflict on the territory of Ukraine. Previously, we adopted a resolution on the humanitarian situation in the Donbas. And this issue should remain the focus of the Security Council. We expect concrete actions, which depend on millions of lives of Ukrainian residents. Today, we do not see an open dialogue on this issue from Russia. We call on the members of the Council of Europe to vote against this meeting, “said France’s permanent representative to the United Nations Francois Delattar.
In turn, representatives of the United States said that the initiative for the discussion, which came from the Russian Federation on the day of the inauguration of the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, was meant as a form of manipulation.
“The request for this meeting is an attempt by the Russian Federation to divert attention from the democratic accession to the post of the new President of Ukraine,” the United States Representative to the UN Security Council, Jonathan Cohen said.