The head of the State Duma of Russia, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that due to "nationalism" and "oppression" of national minorities from Ukraine "a number of areas may leave."
The corresponding statement was published on the website of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
It was a reaction to the disruption of the speech of pro-Russian “representatives of the Crimea” at the UN forum on minority issues, which was held in Geneva in late November. Volodin called the disruption of the speech of illegally elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the occupied Crimea Ruslan Balbek "a demonstration of intolerance of the Ukrainian authorities to small nations."
The State Duma speaker mentioned the law on the Ukrainian language adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which, according to Moscow, allegedly violates the “rights of national minorities”. According to Volodin, “36% of Ukrainian citizens consider Russian to be their native language.”
He also claims that after the illegal annexation of Crimea, “three official languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar” were introduced on the peninsula.