Russian influence on Hungary is growing, and this is threat to whole Europe, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

The department believes that for Hungary itself, Ukraine's accession to NATO is profitable
19:52, 21 April 2018
Ukraine's accession to NATO would be beneficial to Hungary and the Hungarian community in Ukraine, but third countries, in particular Russia, are interested in worsening relations between Kyiv and Budapest. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bondar in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"The problem of Hungary is in trying to use its NATO membership to meet its own goals, which we do not quite understand. On the one hand, as a member state of NATO - on the territory of Ukraine there are Hungarians who are part of Ukrainian society, their security should be a key so Ukraine in NATO would be more profitable for Hungary than vice versa, so I suspect that this is not Hungary's interest ... but the interest of a third party. And it's not surprising to talk about it, knowing certain facts," he said.

At the same time, Bondar specified that under the "third countries" he primarily refers to the Russian Federation.

"I do not want to blame ... But politically I can admit that Moscow's influence on Budapest, unfortunately, is growing, and this is a threat not only for Kyiv, but also for Europe, for unity in NATO and for understanding how Russia is acting, "he added.

At the same time Bondar noted that the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban received high support of the society in the parliamentary elections, which means that "he skillfully conducts his policy inside the country, including using politically the subjects of national minorities" and the Ukrainian law " On education ", containing a norm on the languages of national minorities."

"We basically hoped that by achieving specific goals on the domestic front, the rhetoric of Budapest will change, because I do not think that Budapest is interested in the deterioration of relations with Ukraine, having here such a large community," he said, noting that after the elections in Hungary is rhetoric against Kyiv, unfortunately, has not changed.

"This confirms once again my assumption that it is not a Hungarian interest to have a bad relationship with Ukraine, and this is the interest of a third party." We are prepared to compromise on a reasonable solution to the problem, but we will not go to ultimatums," Bondar said.

Earlier, Bondar said that Hungary has distributed more than 100,000 passports to citizens of Hungarian origin in Transcarpathia.
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