Yanukovych vows solution to Russian language, Black Sea Fleet issues not affecting Ukrainian interests.
The presidential runner and leader of the opposition Party of Regions, Viktor Yanukovych, has pledged in Simferopol on Thursday that in case he wins the February 7 presidential election, his political force will pass a law on a broad use of Russian language in the areas of compact residence of the Russian-speaking population.
?Right after the election we will adopt a language law envisaging a trouble-free functioning of Russian language in the territory of Ukraine in paper work, medicine, education, jurisdiction,? he said.
Yanukovych also promised that, if elected, the issue about stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine will be solved in the spirit of mutually beneficial cooperation of the two states.
He also emphasized that this matter 'will be settled in the way not affecting Ukraine's national interests' and 'not breaking strategic and friendly relations with the Russian Federation'.