Statements of Hungary on education law connected with elections and problems with EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine should act calmly and prudently but not compromise on national interests
19:47, 26 September 2017

Presidential Administration press office

The statements of Hungary on the blocking of Ukraine on the way to the eurointegration due to the signing of the education law are connected with the election in this country and attempt to divert attention from the problems with the EU. Deputy Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yeliseev this to Radio Liberty.

‘All these hysterical statements from the Hungarian side are connected with the parliamentarian elections in Hungary that will take place next year and the desire of Hungary to divert attention from the existing problems with the EU, particularly in the context of the migration issues’, Yeliseev said.

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He thinks that Ukraine should act calmly and prudently but not compromise on national interests.

‘We should demonstrate that we are the great European nation, that we have our own national interests and we have our own backbone. It is impossible to break us on this way’, he claimed.

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According to Yeliseev, the dialogue is necessary for the law issue but the Hungarian side decided to use more broaden format instead of the regulation of the problem in the bilateral format.

‘We are ready for the bilateral consultation, to attract the experts to prove that this law corresponds the best European standards and interests of the Hungarian national minority and the interests of the Ukrainian side’, he added.

Related: Hungary appeals in UN to investigate Ukrainian education law

President Petro Poroshenko signed the law of Ukraine #2145 VII ‘On Education’ on September 25. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Moldova expressed the protests towards the law.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed that the government of Hungary decided to block all further decisions of the EU that aim for the rapprochement of the EU with Ukraine due to the ‘Law on Education’.

Related: Romanian President canceled visit to Ukraine because of the law on education

Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Grynevych announced the date of the negotiations between Ukraine and Hungary on ‘Law on Education’. The meeting is planned for October 19.

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