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An MEP for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz said the “political pressure” being exerted on Transcarpathian Hungarians and “attacks” directed against the community and their leaders by Ukraine are “unacceptable”.
Ukrainian security service commandos raided several Hungarian institutions in Transcarpathia as well as the home of the president of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association, László Brenzovics.
At today’s press conference, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó signed a protocol amending the agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of Ukraine, establishing a Framework for Financial Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding concerning energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels.
“We sincerely hope — and hoping does not equal meddling in internal affairs — that the makeup of the new parliament in Kiev will allow for the two countries to significantly improve their relations,” the Foreign Minister said.
Hungary’s position on Ukraine remains clear and unwavering, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó made that plain in his statements at a press conference on Tuesday while attending the NATO meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
Talks between the Hungarian Ambassador and the regionally responsible head of department at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry occurred on the initiative of Ambassador István Íjgyártó, and were aimed at improving bilateral relations
The foreign minister said Hungary expects Ukraine to demonstrate that it intends to resolve the current situation between the two countries rather than escalate it, not just in words but through actions as well
Levente Magyar said the summons was due to reports of a “death list” of Transcarpathian Hungarians in Ukraine as well as a call for the collective deportation of dual Ukrainian-Hungarian citizens on the Ukrainian Parliament’s website
Hungary-Ukraine relations have seen better days and Ukraine’s recent decision to expel a Hungarian consul is merely the latest in an unfortunate downward trend. There is, however, one fundamental point that is often overlooked and ignored in the media crossfire.
Brigitta Szuperák, Ukrainian minority representative in Hungary’s parliament, thanked the Hungarian government for making the summer camps available again this year to the children affected by the armed conflict
Tamás Menczer said it was not Hungary that had made unfriendly moves against Ukraine but the other way round, highlighting Ukraine’s education law that prevents national minorities from studying in their mother tongue
“We’d like it if the chasm being widened by Ukrainian politics between Uzhhorod (Ungvár) and Kiev disappeared because our goal has never been to pursue any kind of separatist aspirations, as has been unjustly alleged but rather to help Ukraine’s westernmost county serve as a link and a bridge to the European Union,” István Grezsa said
With the NATO summit taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels, it’s a good time to review what’s going on today in Ukraine and the very clear reasons why Hungary is saying no to Ukraine’s further NATO integration. This has been going on for several months now, but unfortunately – apart from minor changes in policy and tone – we haven’t seen any meaningful progress.