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Hungary expels Ukrainian consul in Budapest

Hungary decided to expel a Ukrainian consul in Budapest as a reaction to the similar measures of Kyiv
15:44, 4 October 2018

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Hungary decided to expel a Ukrainian consul in Budapest as a reaction to the similar measures of Kyiv, as Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, said at the conference, "HVG.hu" reports.

According to Szijjártó, he summoned the consul in Budapest and stated that she had 72 hours to leave the country.

“Ukraine continues escalating the conflict,” the Minister added.

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

According to him, the relationships with Ukraine has recently worsened, though Hungary is interested in “having Ukraine as a strong democratic neighbourю”

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.

Related: Ukraine gives Hungary a week to withdraw its consul

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. 

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

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

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.

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

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

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 in case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw their consul from Berehove, Zakarpattia region, and then Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.

Related: Ukraine's Embassy in Hungary reports on fake data in Zakarpattia media

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