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UN: Russian, Western representatives spar at Ukraine language briefing02:45

UN: Russian, Western representatives spar at Ukraine language briefing

United Nations, New York City
May 21, 2019 at 00:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the 'issue of language rights was one of the reasons which led to Ukraine losing Crimea and Donbass' at a Security Council briefing on the matter in New York City on Monday.

The United States' acting representative said calling "the meeting is a clear attempt by Russia to distract from the peaceful, democratic transfer of power happening today in Ukraine."

Russia requested the briefing over outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko's signing in of a law which stipulates the country's citizens are obliged to use Ukrainian in everyday life.

France, Germany and the US were angered by the timing of the meeting, which coincided with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's assumption of power.

Source: UNIfeed

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The Russian Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the 'issue of language rights was one of the reasons which led to Ukraine losing Crimea and Donbass' at a Security Council briefing on the matter in New York City on Monday.

The United States' acting representative said calling "the meeting is a clear attempt by Russia to distract from the peaceful, democratic transfer of power happening today in Ukraine."

Russia requested the briefing over outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko's signing in of a law which stipulates the country's citizens are obliged to use Ukrainian in everyday life.

France, Germany and the US were angered by the timing of the meeting, which coincided with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's assumption of power.

Source: UNIfeed

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