Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says ethnic Hungarians are leaving Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pavlo Klimkin says that as there are less than 100.000 ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine, the task of both countries is to help and support their citizens
12:14, 8 December 2017

Less than 100.000 ethnic Hungarians live in Zakarpattia now, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said after meeting his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.

“The Ministers meeting at the OSCE is finished on a positive note. Had a pleasant discussion with Hungarian colleague Péter Szijjártó. There are not 150.000 ethnic Hungarians in Zakarpattia, and not even 100.000. People are leaving the region. Our joint task with Hungary is to support and help the citizens,” he wrote.

Related: 11 NATO countries stand against Hungary's intention to block rapprochement of Ukraine with NATO

The Ukrainian-Hungarian relationship tensed after Ukraine adopted its education law, according to which, more classes are to be taught in Ukrainian. Previously all classes could be taught in the languages of ethnic minorities, but now there will be a quota. The decision was made as it will give the school children a better opportunity to obtain higher education in Ukraine, as it requires the knowledge of Ukrainian.

While other countries are coming to terms with the new law, Hungary refuses to give it a fair hearing. The country says it limits the rights of the ethnic minorities.

Related: Hungary presents ultimatum to Ukraine over education law

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