A meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban may take place at the end of July. Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with Interfax.
“The prospects of holding a meeting between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban were discussed. Tentatively, this may be the end of July. The Hungarian side promised to provide its groundwork on the text of the memorandum that we proposed to them during the visit of Minister Dmytro Kuleba to Budapest,” Bodnar said.
Bodnar called the negotiations within the framework of the Commission in Kyiv successful and constructive.
“The fact of holding a commission after seven years of break is a definite impetus. The ministers personally agreed and signed the corresponding protocol. They agreed to facilitate the holding of two additional commissions on national minorities and educational issues in the coming weeks, and measures will be taken to prepare a cross-border development commission border infrastructure," he stressed.
Bodnar added that all issues have not been resolved, disagreements remain, but they are trying to reduce them to a clear solution algorithm.
“For us, the adopted laws on education and the state language remain the red lines. The rights of national minorities in the field of education can be ensured in the context of private schools, as well as improving Ukrainian legislation as part of the implementation of one of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, namely the development of a new law on national minorities "These are the ways in which we can go further in dialogue with each other and solving existing problems, disagreements, and approximation of our positions. With this calculation, we are going to meet the president and prime minister," Bodnar explained.
Relations between Ukraine and Hungary worsened after the adoption of the Law on Education in Ukraine in September 2017. According to the norms of this document, the use of the state language in school education is expanding. Hungary expressed concern about the future of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian side explained that in Hungarian schools in Transcarpathia the Ukrainian language was taught in such miserable volumes that at the end of school, most young Hungarians practically do not understand it. Thus, they have problems when entering Ukrainian universities and finding a job.
Budapest is blocking the meetings of the Ukraine-NATO summit commission and declare that they are ready to resist the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine until this contentious issue is resolved.