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17 July, 2019

Russian envoy tried to persuade UN Security Council that there's education in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages in Crimea

Vasiliy Nebenzya reacted to the U.S. diplomat's concern about the status of languages of national minorities in the occupied peninsula

Russia's permanent representative in the UN Vasiliy Nebenzya attempted to persuade the UN Security Council that the education system in the occupied Crimea foresees classes in Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages. Ukrinform news agency reported that, referring to the UN Security Council's session that took place on Tuesday.

"By the way, in Crimea, one can get acquainted with the education system in three 'official languages' of Crimea: Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar, something that our American colleague was concerned about", Nebenzya said, responding to the U.S. diplomat's concern about the status of languages of national minorities in the occupied peninsula.

At that, Ukraine's permanent representative in the Un Volodymyr Yelchenko pointed out that Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar schools in the occupied Crimea are closed.

"Seven Ukrainian and 15 Crimean Tatar schools worked in Crimea before the Russian occupation in 2014. The occupant government closed all Ukrainian and half of Crimean Tatar schools", he said.

Russia initiated the UN Security Council meeting on July 16; the Russian side convened the session to discuss Ukraine's language law.

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