Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin rules out the possibility of closure of Russian consulates in Ukraine. He claimed this in the interview with one of the Ukrainian TV channels.
‘First of all, we don’t have diplomatic relations with Russia: we don’t have ambassadors there, and the diplomats don't do any political or other activity. Our diplomats just help Ukrainians, in particular, the political prisoners. From the utilitarian perspective, it would be easier not to have our diplomats in Russia... but from the practical point of view, it is impossible not to have a representative or someone who can care about Ukrainians,’ he said.
The Minister reminded that almost three million Ukrainians stay in Russia despite the conflict in Donbas.
Earlier, Ukrinform news agency published a video where a few Ukrainians get Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents.
Later, Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister, said that the video is being checked for the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country.
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.
Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson later reported that Hungary does not intend to withdraw its consul from Berehovo 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.