Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin to take part in the session of the Eastern Partnership and to meet with Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó, reports the press office of the Ukrainian MFA.
‘On October 15-16, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin will visit the City of Brussels and Luxembourg to participate in the ninth ministerial meeting of the Eastern Partnership and hold meetings with representatives of EU and NATO,’ reads the message.
It is noted that Federica Maria, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, foreign ministers of EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as representatives of the civil society forum to take part in the session.
Within the framework of Klimkin’s visit, meetings are scheduled with the leadership of the European Commission, representatives of the European Parliament, heads of foreign ministries of the EU countries, as well as a speech at the high-level conference "Interventions in elections in the digital era."
In particular, the Minister will meet with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Union Security Sir Julian Beresford King, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, and Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary.
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. In response, Hungary decided to expel a Ukrainian consul in Budapest as a reaction to the similar measures of Kyiv.
Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where 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.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister said that the video was checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul will 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 Berehove due to the scandalous video about the issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians.
In its turn, Ukraine claimed that if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw its consul from Berehove, Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.