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Hungary's statements on education law extremely close to 'red line', - MFA of Ukraine

Budapest consciously goes for political manipulations in their concerns over the protection of national minorities in Ukraine, Ministry says
20:52, 20 March 2018

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Hungary's latest claims on Ukrainian education law are nothing but political manipulation, which brought Budapest 'very close to the red line'. Maryana Betsa, the spokeswoman of the Ukrainian foreign ministry said that in her exclusive commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel. 

'All latest statements have brought Hungary very close to the red line, - if not crossed it yet. These are the conscious political manipulations and an obscene distortion of reality. It's very sad because Hungary is our partner, and we're ready for constructive dialogue regarding various questions, but such manipulations and distortions are unacceptable for us', she said.   

Related: Hungary to block Ukraine’s participation in NATO summit over education law

Betsa expressed doubts whether Hungary will be able to block the participation of Ukrainian president Poroshenko in NATO and EU events. 'I don't think Hungary can do that; it's not bilateral relations, after all,' she said.

'We're constantly working with our Hungarian colleagues; we remain open to any dialogue. However, such statements work in Russia's favor', the official concluded.

Related: Hungary denies reaching consensus with Ukraine on education law

As 112 International reported, the Venice Commission did not support Hungary’s accusations of infringement of ethnic minorities’ rights by the recently adopted education law in Ukraine.

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.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry agrees upon ways of implementing language article of education law with Hungarian counterparts

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