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Nov 27, 2018

Hungary continues to build relations with Ukraine

Levente Magyar highlighted “several joint projects that could bring Ukrainians closer to Hungarians”

Hungary continues to build relations with Ukraine, despite a difference of opinion over the country’s Hungarian community.

Levente Magyar, state secretary at the foreign ministry, held talks focusing on “mutually important” bilateral projects in Kiev on Monday.

Magyar told MTI that discussions embraced “several joint projects that could bring Ukrainians closer to Hungarians”.

The state secretary mentioned Wizzair’s plans to launch a direct flight between Budapest and Lviv, as well as plans for two motorway links between the two countries. He also noted efforts to speed up railway services between Budapest and Mukachevo (Munkács), and plans to open new border crossing facilities as well as renovating existing ones.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s foreign minister has said that he hopes the recent situation in Ukraine would soon be resolved.

Minister Szijjártó said that it is “obviously bad news” that “martial law has been declared in a neighboring country”.

The minister said that it is in Hungary’s interest that peace should prevail “in countries in which lots of Hungarians live”, adding that security for Ukraine’s 150,000-strong Hungarian community was “crucially important”.