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Hungary to not support Ukraine-NATO relations until amendments to education law

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pavlo Klimkin claimed that he is generally satisfied with the results of the consultations with the Hungarian side on the implementation of the language article of the education law and noted the positive dynamics of the cooperation of the Ukrainian and Hungarian sides
18:38, 22 June 2018

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Hungary will not support the relations between Ukraine and NATO until Ukraine does not fulfill the recommendations of the Venice Commission on the language article of the law "On education". Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed this in the result of the Ukrainian-Hungarian task group with the participation of four ministers as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"The decision of the Hungarian government is unambiguous. The Venice Commission gave recommendations and until the time these recommendations are not fulfilled, we cannot support the relations of Ukraine with NATO. In July in Brussels, the session of the NATO on the security of the Black Sea where Ukraine and the Ukrainian President will take place. We are not opposed to the way your president will be invited to this event," Szijjarto said.

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He also reminded that he consulted on this issue with U.S. State Secretary Mile Pompeo.

In his turn, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin claimed that he is generally satisfied with the results of the consultations with the Hungarian side on the implementation of the language article of the education law and noted the positive dynamics of the cooperation of the Ukrainian and Hungarian sides as Ukrinform reported.

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"Generally I am satisfied with today's consultations. I am very glad that exactly today we have met here. The first part of our meeting was dedicated to the implementation of the law on education. After this press conference we will gather together, particularly, with Peter and talk about the bilateral issues and issues of our international agenda," Klimkin said.

According to him, the next consults will take place at the beginning of July.

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As we reported the session of the Ukraine-NATO commission that should take place on February 14-15 was blocked by Hungary. 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. 

The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

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