Dmytro Kuleba / Photo from UNIAN

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba has said Ukraine will not delay the process of developing and adopting new legislation on national minorities.

"... [I]t is about a draft law on national minorities, not on the languages of national minorities, but on national minorities in general. Indeed, the adoption of this law is provided for by the law of Ukraine on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language. Our Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports is actively developing this bill," Kuleba said at a joint press conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Kyiv, adding the bill will be publicly discussed and later submitted to parliament, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

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"I can't tell you when it will be submitted to parliament, but I assure you Ukraine will not delay the process," he said.

Also, Kuleba noted Ukraine remained committed to its international obligations on protection of national minorities. "We are proud of and appreciate every national minority represented in Ukraine," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on August 31, 2019, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed the need for a law to protect rights of national minorities.