Hungary reiterates it’s not supporting summit Ukraine - NATO

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs says Budapest won’t facilitate Ukraine’s integration into NATO because of education law
10:47, 19 January 2018

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó said that Budapest won’t facilitate holding the Ukraine - NATO summit at the level of Defense Ministers, as he told after a meeting with Vasyl Brenzovych, head of Society of Hungarian culture in Zakarpattia, according to Radio Liberty.

 Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary’s position remains unchanged: Budapest won’t support European integration aspirations of Kyiv so long as it violates the European and international rights.

“Hungary is ready for consultations and making agreements with Kyiv as to the education law, but only given that their content corresponds to the interests and wishes of the Hungarian community in Zakarpattia,” Szijjártó emphasized.

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He added that Budapest will continue to view the education law as intended against international and European norms, bilateral agreements and basic agreement between Kyiv and Budapest.

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.

“Budapest is following the further hearing of laws that discriminate rights of national minorities in the Verkhovna Rada with concern,” he said.

As we reported earlier, the new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it implements 12-years-long school program and reduces the number of classes that are taught in the languages of national minorities. Hungary is one of the biggest opposers of this law, as the country believes it violates the rights of the minorities.

Related: Ukraine’s Education Ministry proposes three models of “language article” implementation

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