KIEV, 9 March – RIA Novosti. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov believes that English should be the second compulsory language in the state, since it is a matter of Ukrainians' “survival” in the Russian-speaking world.
The state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian. At the same time, the country's constitution guarantees the free development, use and protection of the Russian language and other languages of national minorities.
“If we say that we are moving to the EU and moving to NATO, this is a question of our survival in the linguistic Russian-speaking world, therefore, if we do not deal with this issue, we will constantly be exposed to Russian narratives,” Danilov said at a press conference in Tuesday.
According to him, today the English language should be compulsory in the everyday life of Ukrainians. “In order for us to be a civilized country,” Danilov explained.
According to the research company Kantar, which conducted a study in May 2019, 63% of Ukrainians consider Ukrainian as their native language, another 35% of citizens consider Russian as their native language. At the same time, 70% of the respondents answered that they know English, and 63% of the respondents – Russian.
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the issue of the language in the country is not relevant, since the only state language, according to the constitution, is Ukrainian.
In mid-May 2019, the then president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language”, which provides for the use of exclusively Ukrainian in almost all spheres of life. Before the adoption of the law, TV channels and radio stations had a quota at the level of 50% of the use of the Ukrainian language; now the quota has risen to 90%. However, the current head of state, Volodymyr Zelensky, promised to carefully analyze the law for compliance with the constitution. At the same time, he noted that the document was adopted “without a preliminary sufficiently broad discussion with the public.”