The Council of Europe declares the inadmissibility of Russia’s use of the position of the Russian language as a minority language in Ukraine as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine.
Source: The Council of Europe
It is noted that the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in its statement strongly condemned the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and expressed solidarity with all the Ukrainian people.
“The Committee of Experts considers it unacceptable that the Russian Federation continues to use the position of the Russian language as a minority language in Ukraine as a pretext to justify this aggression,” the statement said.
“Russia has not ratified the Charter but signed it in 2001. As a signatory to the Charter, the Russian Federation remains under the obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of the treaty, as provided for by the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.”
“The Committee of Experts recalls that, in accordance with Article 5 of the Charter, nothing in it may be interpreted as implying any right to engage in any activity or perform any action in contravention of the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations or other obligations under international law, including the principle of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.”