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"We'll strike back": Ukraine's Foreign Minister reacts to Hungarian statement on NATO entry blockade

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv still stands for friendship and cooperation with Budapest, but a there could be a tough diplomatic response if necessary, Dmytro Kuleba said
16:12, 30 September 2021

Dmytro Kuleba
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister reacted to the statement of Hungarian side that they would continue blocking Ukraine's entry to the NATO. Dmytro Kuleba made respective statement at a briefing on September 30. 

"[Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor] Orban did not said anything new. Hungary has been consistently stressing that the NATO matter will be solved in connection with a complex solution of the matter of Hungarian national minority in Ukraine. And it's a tough puzzle to crack, it needs to be solved one piece at a time", he said.

Kyiv still stands for friendship and cooperation with Budapest, but a there could be a tough diplomatic response if necessary, Kuleba added.

Related: Hungary to continue to block Ukraine's NATO integration

"We can exchange sharp statements all we want, it's a part of big political battle, but basically, we're ready to stay friendly. But if anyone does something to us that contradicts Ukrainian interests, something that affects them, soething that hurts us, we will always strike back. Diplomatically, of course", the Minister said.

The diplomatic scandal between Ukraine and Hungary occurred when Budapest signed the gas deal with Russia's Gazprom, effectively bypassing Ukraine in terms of the gas transit. Kuleba called that move a strike on Ukrainian- Hungarian relations.

Related: NATO infrastructure expansion in Ukraine means crossing Moscow's red lines, - Peskov

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