The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted draft amendments to the law on national minorities, People's Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on his Telegram channel.
318 members of parliament voted for it..
The proposed amendments were submitted in response to the conclusions of the Venice Commission, which are intended to bring the law in line with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
The new version of the law specifies that the rights of representatives of national minorities may be restricted "in the interests of national security, protection of the rights and freedoms of other persons" and other similar cases.
The Cabinet of Ministers now has the ability to manually establish the procedure for recognizing settlements as those where representatives of national minorities "traditionally" live and where language concessions are possible.
The state also guarantees free textbooks for schoolchildren from national minorities.
These norms will not apply to Russians.