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Ukraine, Hungary Foreign Ministries prepare meeting of Zelensky, Orban

It is planned to hold the functional meeting at the foreign ministers level to kick off the further negotiations between the leadership of Ukraine and Hungary
16:48, 1 November 2019

Ukraina.ru

Foreign Ministries of Ukraine and Hungary prepare for the meeting of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban as TSN reported citing Vadym Prystaiko, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

“We plan the meeting soon. As we plan today, the format may change but we plan to hold the meeting of the president with the premier and minister with minister very quickly. The short meeting about which we agreed with my colleague Peter Szijjártó,” Prystaiko noted.

According to him, it is planned to hold the functional meeting at the highest level to kick off the further negotiations between the leadership of Ukraine and Hungary.

Related: Hungary bans NATO Ambassadors' declaration on Ukraine

The necessity of such dialogue at the highest level between Kyiv and Budapest has appeared a long time ago due to the fact the relations between the countries exacerbate frequently due to the problems of Zakarpattia Hungarians. Orban insists on the observance of their rights.

“We do not expect to solve the issue at once because it is obvious that it is the issue, which is present; it has its roots in the inner policy of Hungary more than in the relations between Ukraine and Hungary,” Prystaiko noted.

Hungary supposes that the Hungarian minority in Zakarpattia region suffers discrimination due to the so-called “language law”, which came into force in April 2019. This law makes education in Ukrainian language to be obligatory.

Earlier Peter Szijarto, the Foreign Minister of Hungary claimed that Budapest took its veto off the statement made by the Ukraine-NATO committee. This is due to the fact that the Hungarian side's proposals were included in the document just after its official deadline for passing has expired. Origo quoted him as saying. 

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