Hungary bans NATO Ambassadors' declaration on Ukraine

The Hungarian side proposed to amend the statement
15:18, 30 October 2019

Hungary vetoed the joint declaration of the NATO Ambassadors relating to Ukraine. Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó reported that as the Daily News Hungary informed. 

Szijjártó mentioned that the Hungarian side proposed to amend the statement. As he said, Ukraine had to observe its obligations regarding minorities according to international law. NATO refused from the suggestion. 

“We had no other choice than to veto the declaration," Szijjártó noted.

Stripping the rights of a minority belonging to one of the NATO member states should at least merit a mention in such a document, Szijjártó said, adding that the document should include a clause on reinstating those rights.

As it was reported earlier, NATO representatives would visit Ukraine on October 30-31, 2019, at the invitation of Ukrainian authorities. The agenda of the event was announced by the Alliance's press service.

The visit will begin with a trip to Odesa on October 30. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and NATO Ambassadors will visit the Permanent Mine Action Group (SNMCMG2). As part of Black Sea patrol, four NATO anti-personnel vessels from Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, and Spain will be in the port of Odesa.

Related: Agenda for NATO Secretary General's Stoltenberg and NATO ambassadors’ visit to Ukraine revealed


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