Russia's permanent representative to UNESCO recalled the limitation of the rights of Russian-speaking Kiev

Russia hopes that UNESCO will respond to the restrictions on the rights of the Russian-speaking population of Latvia and Ukraine to study in their native language, said, Russia's permanent representative to UNESCO Alexander Kuznetsov on 209 th session of the UNESCO Executive Board.

"I hope that the leadership will continue the course on anti-discrimination in education and find a way to respond to the actions of Latvia and Ukraine, which has legislatively restricted the rights of Russian-speaking population to study in their native language", - quotes the words of the speech Kuznetsova, the Russian foreign Ministry.

The envoy also said that education must continue to play a leading role in UNESCO's activities. In addition, he added that Russia actively participates in the scientific activities of UNESCO.

"We believe that in the next medium-term strategy for science needs to be identified as a separate strategic objective. Welcome the initiative for the proclamation of the 2022 international Year of basic Sciences. We believe that the emphasis in implementation should be on assisting African countries and small island States," he said.

In mid-January, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law "About complete General secondary education", which significantly reduces learning in schools in minority languages, including Russian. In March, President Vladimir Zelensky law was signed. Russia called on international human rights institutions of the UN, OSCE and Council of Europe to give an adequate assessment to actions of the Ukrainian authorities in connection with the discrimination of the Russian language. Later Zelensky said that it is necessary to determine whether the fair language quotas, which operate in Ukraine, and called to restore order in this matter.

Previously, the diet of Latvia forbade the teaching in private universities in non-Latvian language. In Latvia one state language – Latvian. Russian which is native for 40% of the population, has the status of foreign. In Latvia there are several large private universities, in which teaching is carried out, including in Russian.