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Ukraine's Zakarpattia passport scandal: Ukraine to expel consul if Hungary does not withdraw him

Earlier, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade claimed that there is no such a law in Ukraine prohibiting to hold two passports
18:19, 1 October 2018

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In case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw their consul from Berehove, Zakarpattia region, then Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory. Mariana Betsa, Speaker of the Ukrainian MFA claimed this Interfax-Ukraine.

‘Ukrainian position has always been consistent and unambiguous. Ukraine was the one who suggested Hungary withdraw the consul in Berehove in connection with his transgression of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Ukrainian legislation. If they don’t withdraw him, we will adopt a decision that he has to leave the territory of Ukraine and stop the activity in Ukraine,’ she said.

Related: Hungary not to withdraw its consul from Ukraine’s Berehovo

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians are receiving 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 on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country. 

Related: Issuance of Hungarian passports to Zakarpattia residents considered as treason

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.

Related: Security Service to probe into Hungarian passports issuance to Ukrainians in Zakarpattia

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