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    Hungary's Reaction to Ukrainian Education Law Proves Its Irrelevance - Kremlin

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    On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that the recently adopted Ukranian law does not comply with European regulations and has to be fully rethought.

    "It was obvious that the new law, which was adopted by the Rada [Ukrainian parliament], raises deep concern among a number of European states. And this [Hungary's reaction] shows that the law was poorly through and runs counter European norms," Peskov said. However, Peskov refused to comment on the statement of Hungary's Foreign Ministry, insisting that it was an internal matter of the European Union.

    Earlier in the day, while meeting with the Hungarian diaspora in western Ukraine, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that Budapest would initiate a revision of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement because of the new law on education, adopted by Kiev authorities.

    Recently, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law a bill restructuring the national education system, marking the country's turn toward a single-language school system for all ethnic groups. The new law stipulates that from September 1, 2018, children from national minorities will only be able to study in their native language at primary school level, while secondary and post-secondary education will be in Ukrainian. Schooling across all grades is expected to be taught exclusively in Ukrainian starting from 2020, but minority language classes will still be available, albeit as separate subjects.


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