birdwatcher (birdwatcher) wrote,

US top diplomat on Ukraine What if Mr. Zelensky decides to have a settlement with Russia about the Eastern territories by, let’s say, giving up some of them, enjoying the authority he gained from the people, a significant group of which is desperately willing to end the war?

Kurt Walker: People’s view of Zelensky would change very fast if he suggested he would do that. He has, in fact, said the opposite. He said that he will insist on the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and he supports the process that is already in place to do that. Doing otherwise would turn people against him very quickly. Last week, Verkhovna Rada – the Ukrainian parliament – adopted a legislation which requires citizens of Ukraine to use Ukrainian language everywhere but their homes and churches. Isn’t it a violation of fundamental rights?

Kurt Walker: This is something that still needs work. There are two fundamental principles: one is the right of national minorities to speak their own language, have education on their language and being able to conduct themselves in that language if they wish. Also the principle that has reasonable expectation that all of its citizens can speak and functionally carry out business in the national language of the country. These are both achievable, it is not black and white and there are plenty of examples around Europe where this is the case. They are universal principles, not a uniquely Hungarian thing, but the best way to address it is for Ukraine and Hungary to talk together about how this is implemented so that we can respect the rights of everybody.
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