Romanian president cancels Ukraine visit amid minority language row
President of Romania Klaus Iohannis told reporters in New York that he canceled his visit to Ukraine because of the new law on education adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, RFE/RL reports citing Agerpres.
"Having learned about the law on education, I canceled a visit to Ukraine. I also canceled the meeting with the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, earlier scheduled for the end of September," the president of Romania said, according to RFE/RL Ukrainian service.
According to Klaus Iohannis, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly he met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and told him about the cancellation of his visit to Ukraine, which was planned for October, until "there is some progress" with regard to the Ukrainian law on education – the one Bucharest seeks.
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