President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is determined to introduce the state targeted program for the development of the Ukrainian language, which has not been accepted for all 20 years of independence, the ex-President of Ukraine (1991-1994) Leonid Kravchuk said after the meeting of Yanukovych with intellectuals in Crimea, ForUm learned from the President’s press service.
According to Kravchuk, during the meeting, the President proposed to adopt the government's program for the development of the Ukrainian language. "For all 20 years of Ukrainian independence, the program has been repeatedly put on the agenda, but it has not been adopted, since in addition to political will, it requires significant financial costs. Today the President is determined to adopt it," Kravchuk emphasized.

He noted that during the meeting, the President also drew attention to the need for introducing amendments the law on the principles of national language policy which will be worked out by the relevant working group and the government.

"I am convinced that the meeting was constructive and promising. Finally, the language issue should reach the highest state level, the constitutional level, such a level of law, which would meet the strategic national interests of Ukraine," Kravchuk said.

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