EU Affairs Minister János Bóka said Hungary will not change its mind in connection with starting Ukraine’s European Union accession talks and financial support for the country.
Minister Bóka said on Facebook that Hungary firmly believes that starting EU accession talks would be premature, adding that Hungary’s position was based on principle. He said financial support for Ukraine needed to be provided outside the EU budget with contributions and “clear political guidance” from member states. “Linking the funds owed to the Hungarian people and support for Ukraine in any way is an attempt to blackmail Hungary, which the government rejects,” Minister Bóka said. The minister also said he had given an interview to the Financial Times discussing the Hungarian government’s position on Ukraine.