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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry summons Hungarian Ambassador due to Orbán's statement

The diplomat was informed that his government needs to cease any activities, which negatively affect the development of the bilateral relations
19:51, 16 November 2018

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István Íjgyártó, the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine was summoned to the Foreign Ministry due to the recent statement of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán; as we reported, Orban had claimed there was 'no dialogue' with the Ukrainian authorities. The press office of the institution reported that on Friday.

The message says that the Hungarian diplomat was informed that his government needs to cease any activities, which negatively affect the development of the bilateral relations

Related: Hungary finds negotiations with incumbent Ukrainian government 'impossible', - Orban

“On November 16, 2018, the newly appointed Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine István Íjgyártó was invited to the Foreign Ministry, who received protest concerning the latter statements of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Vice-Prime-Minister on national policy Zsolt Semjén about Ukraine,” the message reads.

Earlier, Orbán stated that the agreements with the current authority of Ukraine are not possible for Budapest. He said that Ukraine did not have any prospective of NATO and EU integration.

Related: Hungary to give passports to citizens of Ukraine's Zakarpattia on its territory

According to him, Ukraine still have a chance to return to the friendship and strategic partnership path with Hungary. The Hungarian leader said that this is the only way Kyiv can move toward NATO and EU.

As we reported, Hungary has changed the name of “the minister for Zakarpattia.” The decision was published by the Hungarian Justice Ministry on October 29.

Related: Ukraine's Honorary Consulate opens in Hungary

Earlier, Ukrinform agency published a video where a few Ukrainians receive the Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungary in the Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region, western Ukraine. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General, claimed that Ukraine's Security Service investigates this case; however, the service denied this.

Related: Hungary has no revisionist ambitions against Zakarpattia, - Szijjártó

Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson, later reported that Hungary would not withdraw its consul from Berehove due to the scandalous video about the issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians.

In its turn, Ukraine claimed that in case the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw their consul from Berehove, the Ukrainian side will offer him to abandon the territory.
Related: Hungary changes name of Zakarpattia evoy in Ukraine
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