During the round table on the practical implementation of the doctrine, held within the framework of the Russian Donbass integration forum, DPR Plenipotentiary Representative and Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalya Nikonorova stated that the Ukrainian government does everything possible to drive out of its society and humiliate not only Russian speaking citizens, but also those who have even minimal affection for the Russian civilization.
“Kiev is pursuing a blatantly discriminatory legislative policy against Russian-speaking citizens: they are adopting new laws on education exclusively in Ukrainian, canceling legislative acts that ensured their rights and the rights of national minorities enshrined in the constitution. Moreover, the policy of discrimination on the grounds of nationality and language unleashed by Kiev contradicts not only universal human rights, but also a number of specific acts of international law,” the head of the foreign-policy establishment stressed.
Nikonorova also noted the importance of the decision of Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin and Head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik to support Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine by expanding the Humanitarian Program on the Reunification of the People of Donbass.
“This decision is an absolutely natural and fair, and even necessary response to the arbitrariness and discrimination happening in the Ukrainian state. As the coordinator of the Humanitarian Program for the Reunification of the People of Donbass, I would like to say that we already have four years of experience in providing assistance to citizens living in the territory temporarily controlled by Ukraine. So, at the moment, we have an understanding of how this program can be transformed and expanded, based on which categories and areas we need to support Russians in Ukraine,” Natalya Nikonorova noted.
At the end of her speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that the most important and relevant areas of the Humanitarian Program for the Reunification of the People of Donbass, which has been in effect since 2017, will be preserved during the development of provisions of the expanded program.