Hungary blocks meeting of Ukraine-NATO commission

Source : 112 Ukraine

Budapest imposed the veto despite the agreement of the sides to meet
13:48, 9 February 2018

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The session of the Ukraine-NATO commission that should take place on February 14-15 was blocked by Hungary as European Truth reported citing the diplomatic sources. Later NATO headquarters confirmed this information.

The meeting should take place at the level of the Defense Ministers of both sides. Ukraine was the initiator of the meeting and number of the high-powered members of the Alliance agreed to participate. However, Hungary imposed the veto and blocked the holding of the meeting.

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The meeting of the commission is one of a few possibilities for the Ukrainian defense minister to listen to the opinions of the representatives of the NATO-countries. Any session of the commission is planned yet.

NATO headquarters in Brussels reminded that the session of the committee took place in December when the security sphere in Ukraine and reforms were discussed. Hungary did not block that meeting as only the ambassadors of the countries took part in it.

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Hungary claimed about its intention to block the meeting in the mid of January when Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary claimed that the blocking will continue until Kyiv fulfills the demands of Hungary toward the education law. He also noted there haven’t been any consultations between the Ukrainian and Hungarian authorities and representatives of the Hungarian community since the Venice Commission gave its conclusion of the education law.

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