Ban on Communist propaganda may increase conflicts in Ukraine - Belgian foreign minister

Didier Reynders, foreign minister of Belgium and chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, believes the law banning the propaganda and symbols of Communism and Nazism adopted by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada is provocational.

Didier Reynders, foreign minister of Belgium and chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, believes the law banning the propaganda and symbols of Communism and Nazism adopted by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada is provocational.

"Such debate leads to conflicts, and any provocations should be avoided now," Reynders said in an interview published in the Friday edition of Kommersant.

"Before we make any attempts to analyze the country's past, we need to create conditions for nationwide dialogue on the country's organization. We will work to prevent such situations," he said.

"Unfortunately, a decision limiting the use of the Russian language was announced during the Maidan events and that caused a hard reaction in the Russian-language regions. I think there is no point in adopting laws that cause conflicts between parts of the country now," the minister said.

Reynders recalled that the foreign ministers of the "Normandy Four" countries will meet on Monday in Berlin, reiterating "the need to avoid decisions that may prevent the implementation of the Minsk agreements."

Speaking about the proposals to send peacekeepers to Ukraine, Reynders said "it is now too early to speak about a UN peacekeeping operation."

"Now we need to focus on the OSCE operation concerning ceasefire and border control," he said.

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