On the Russian initiative, the UN Security Council holds a meeting on the Ukrainian language law today. As the Security Council website states, the meeting starts at 5:00 pm Kyiv time.
On July 1, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations spokesman, Oleh Nikolenko, reported Russia to have decided to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council for the second time because of the law on the Ukrainian language. Nikolenko mentioned the meeting to be scheduled for July 16th.
Previously, Russia has already initiated a meeting of the UN Security Council on May 20 to discuss a law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language. Back then the Security Council refused to consider this issue. Representatives from several countries noticed they should not do so on the day of the inauguration of the new president of Ukraine, pointing out Russia’s intention to put pressure on Kyiv by doing so.
Recall that on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the law On ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as the state language by 278 votes. Several weeks before that, the deputies considered more than two thousand amendments to the law. On May 15, the President of Ukraine signed the law on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language. The next day the law was published in the official press.