Romania requests Ukraine to revise ethnic minorities legislation

4 January, 10:20 PM
Klaus Iohannis (Photo:Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS)

Klaus Iohannis (Photo:Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS)

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to review Ukraine’s recently-adopted ethnic minorities law, Iohannis’ press office reported on Jan. 4.

“The Romanian president spoke extensively about Ukraine's recent adoption of a law on national minorities, which has caused concern and discontent among Romanian authorities and representatives of the Romanian community in Ukraine,” the message said.

“President Klaus Iohannis asked President Zelenskyy to find solutions to eliminate these problems as soon as possible.”

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The press service added that both Presidents agreed that the foreign ministers would hold talks on this issue in near future.

Zelenskyy subsequently said that he had agreed with Iohannis to further foster cooperation between the two countries, primarily when it comes to security issues. He thanked Romania for its solidarity and support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression.

Iohannis condemned Russian missile strikes on civilian targets and critical infrastructure in Ukraine, and confirmed that Romania will continue to help Ukraine and the Ukrainian people for as long as necessary. He also noted that Romania supports Ukraine's European integration and EU’s anti-Russian sanctions.

On Dec. 13, 2022, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law on national minorities, which was one of the requirements for the country’s eventual EU accession.

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