Ukraine's Foreign Ministry summons Hungarian ambassador to discuss SBU actions in Zakarpattya

Source : 112 Ukraine

Statements about assumed intimidation of Hungarian community in Ukraine is groundless speculation, - Minister
13:25, 2 December 2020

On December 1, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry summoned Isztvan Igyarto, the Hungarian ambassador to discuss the situation with the SBU's (Security Service of Ukraine, - 112 International) investigation actions in Zakarpattya, westernmost Ukraine. Press office of the Ukrainian authority reported that on Wednesday.

Any statement that assumed intimidation of Hungarian community is taking place in Ukraine or its part, is a groundless speculation. Ukraine is a legal-bound state, and there's a principle of individual responsibility, not collective one", the Minister said.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the Hungarian diplomat that investigative actions in Zakarpattya region are within the SBU authority regarding certain citizens of Ukraine. These actions are not aimed at any part of the Hungarian community, he said. The official also urged the Hungarian side to abstain from moves that distort the reality and create destructive tension in Ukraine-Hungary relations.

Related: Ukraine to prosecute extremists threatening citizens of Hungarian descent, - Interior Minister

In late November, Ivan Chubirko, MP of Zakarpattya branch of Opposition Platform - For Life claimed that the SBU, the state security service ran a check at the place of Vasyl Brenzovych, the leader of Hungarian society in that region. On December 1, it became known that the SBU operatives checked information about possible signs of illegal activity among the MPs of local rural council. Some of these people performed Hungarian national anthem while making their oath.

Later, a video appeared on the Web; a man wearing the mask with red and black banner (the widely known symbol of Ukrainian nationalists, - 112 International) and symbols of the Right Sector organization threatened Hungarian Ukrainians and their children. The police opened criminal proceeding on that fact. Commenting on that video, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov claimed that the Ukrainian state would be harshly prosecuting the Nazis and extremists who threaten Ukrainian citizens, while being disguised as patriots.

Related: Szijarto asks OSCE to send mission for investigating violations of rights in Zakarpattya region

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