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U.S. urges Hungary not to impede cooperation of Ukraine, NATO

Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison expects that Hungary will settle the conflicts with Ukraine on the education law separately
12:34, 3 October 2018

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In Brussels, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, repeated the urge to Hungary to stop the preventing of the cooperation of Alliance and Ukraine as Voice of America reported.

"We still urge Hungary to not use the bilateral disagreements despite the commitments of NATO to cooperate with Ukraine," the ambassador said.

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The American representatives still note that Budapest should not take advantage of the member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the settlement of issues with other countries.

Kay Bailey Hutchison emphasized that "it is important for Ukraine suffering from the Russian aggression at its territory to be helped by any possible ways to contain the Russian aggression."

The ambassador expressed the hope that Hungary "will settle the conflicts with Ukraine on the education law separately and join us in NATO to help Ukraine by all possible ways fort the preservation of sovereign territory and stabilize its democracy."

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

The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25, 2017. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

Ukraine sent the text of the new legislation to the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission; meanwhile the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) announced that it failed to “ensure the necessary balance between the country’s state language and the languages of its ethnic minorities.”

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