Hungarian government suggests Ukraine support should be separated from EU budget

Gergely Gulyás said Ukraine aid should be separated from the EU budget and provided on a bilateral basis.

Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, told a government press briefing that Hungary “is not against supporting Ukraine, as we have provided support indirectly, both bilaterally and on an EU basis."

Gulyás added that the Hungarian government had suggested that the issue should be separated from the EU budget and that aid should be provided on a bilateral basis. Asked about a possible Hungary-Ukraine summit, he said Transcarpathian Hungarians should be on its agenda, because “they have not been restored [their] rights before the first amendment to Ukraine’s education law”. Asked whether Hungarian tensions with Ukraine could be eased, the head of the PM’s Office said he could not exclude that possibility. The Hungarian government “has the constitutional obligation to strive for good neighbourly and international relations”, while it also has “a special interest to Transcarpathian Hungarians”. Concerning a possible meeting between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Gulyás quoted the prime minister as saying that he would not exclude the possibility of such talks “if they have a point … if progress could be made in terms of understanding one another’s positions or moving towards peace.”