ANKARA (QHA) -

On August 5, a forum was held in Turkey on the discriminative law on languages in the Russian Federation, in which members of the Federation of Caucasian Associations (Kaffed) took part. The participants in the forum condemned the amendments to the law "On Education in the Russian Federation", signed on August 3 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Representatives of the Caucasian national societies, members of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars (WCCT) and other organizations spoke at the forum. Following the results of the forum, a decision was made to create a commission to hold consultations and coordinate the actions of the members of the association.

The Head of Kaffed Yashar Aslankaya called on all Caucasian societies to unite their efforts in order to oppose the adopted discriminatory amendments.

"We must act together on issues that concern us all," he said.

The Secretary General of the WCCT Namık Kemal Bayar reminded the participants of the event the words of the President of the Russian Federation, spoken back in 2007: "Does Russia need any other language besides Russian?".

He said that the discriminative law will affect the illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea.

"For today 15 Crimean Tatar schools formally exist in the Crimea, but the Crimean Tatar language is not taught in these classes," he said.

In turn, the Head of the Association for Culture and Mutual Aid of the Nogay Turks Hakan Benli noted that a congress will be held in Ankara with the participation of a large number of delegates, at which amendments to the law will be discussed.

Professor of History of the Bilkent University Hakan Kırımlı noted that the Putin regime openly seeks to destroy non-Russian peoples in the Russian Federation.

"Such a policy has been carried out since the beginning of the 2000s," he said.

Earlier, the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars called on all non-Russian peoples of the Russian Federation to oppose the Kremlin's assimilation policy.

Reference: on July 25, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the final version of the amendment to the law "On Education" regarding the study of the native language from among the languages of the peoples of the country and the official languages of the republics that are part of the Russian Federation.

According to the amendments, the study of the national language in the autonomous republics and regions of the Russian Federation became unnecessary.

QHA