03/25/2014 09:36 am ET Updated May 25, 2014

A Stable Ukraine Must Respect Minority Rights


From Project Syndicate

Javier Solana was the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain. He is currently the President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

MADRID -- The first and most pressing issue is to stabilize the government in Kyiv. Ukraine's presidential election on May 25 will be a key moment. The vote must be free and fair, according to democratic standards. Moreover, it is essential that the state respects national minorities' linguistic and cultural rights and promotes social inclusion. European aid should be conditioned on Ukraine's performance in this area.

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