Hungarian Foreign Ministry summons Ukraine's Ambassador in Budapest

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Levente Magyar, Hungarian Foreign Ministry State Secretary, Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Budapest after Ukraine’s anti-Hungarian policy reached a new level
12:46, 11 October 2018

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Hungarian Foreign Ministry summoned Lyubov Nepop, Ukrainian Ambassador in Budapest, because of the publication on Myrotvorets website (reveals personal information of people who are considered to be "enemies of Ukraine;" curated by the government intelligence Security Service - Ed.) about more than 300 Zakarpattia officials, who have both Hungarian and Ukrainian citizenship, as Hungry Today reported referring to Levente Magyar, Hungarian Foreign Ministry State Secretary.

“Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Budapest after “Ukraine’s anti-Hungarian policy reached a new level",” the message says.

Related: Ukrainian consul expelled from Hungary comes back to Ukraine

According to Magyar, the summons was due to “the existence of a “death list” of Transcarpathian Hungarians in Ukraine, as well as a call for the collective deportation Ukrainian-Hungarian dual citizens on the Ukrainian Parliament’s website.”

“The state secretary referred to “an extremist Ukrainian website” that had published a list containing the data of 300 Hungarian state or local council officials in Transcarpathia who it claims are dual citizens,” the news agency reads.

Related: U.S. urges Hungary not to impede cooperation of Ukraine, NATO

Reportedly, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared the Hungarian consul in Berehove, Zakarpattia region, persona non grata and obliged him to leave Ukraine within 72 hours. In response, Hungary decided to expel a Ukrainian consul in Budapest as a reaction to the similar measures of Kyiv. 

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians were receiving Hungarian passports and owed allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

Related: Ukraine's Zakarpattia passport scandal: Ukraine to expel consul if Hungary does not withdraw him

Ukraine's Foreign Minister said that the video was checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul will be expelled from the country. 

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated

Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.

Related: Hungary not to withdraw its consul from Ukraine’s Berehovo

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

Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson later reported that Hungary does not intend to 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 if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw its consul from Berehove, Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.

Related: Hungary might expel Ukrainian diplomat due to passport scandal

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