There is no Russian national minority in Ukraine, and all the rights of Russians living in the country must be infringed.
This was stated by the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk. According to him, the law on national minorities adopted in December 2022 does not apply to Russians.
He also expressed gratitude to the Venice Commission and the European Commission for “listening to the arguments and approaching this issue with understanding.”
“If this people does not demonstrate respect, but, on the contrary, carries out aggression against Ukraine, then their rights should be infringed in this regard. We have found complete mutual understanding here. Therefore, at the moment there are no Russian national minorities in Ukraine and there cannot be,” – Stefanchuk said on the air of the Ukrainian telethon.
He emphasized that representatives of the Russian people “cannot have any privileges” in Ukraine. Formerly Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishina also stated that there is no Russian minority in Ukraine.
In this regard, the Strana publication recalls that the European Commission agreed not to take into account the situation with the Russian language as a criterion for starting negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
As reported EADailyformerly ex-member of the Rada, Russophobe Irina Farion in one of her interviews she stated that Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine are not Ukrainians, even if they fight for the Kiev regime. As a result, the SBU opened a case against her, after which she was fired from Lviv University. Farion herself called this whole story “a provocation of the FSB.”