The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is summoning the Hungarian ambassador over a new gas contract between Budapest and Gazprom. Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko announced that in a comment for RBC-Ukraine.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine similarly invites the Ambassador of Hungary to Kyiv to convey our principled position,” Nikolenko states.
According to him, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry will talk on how the transportation of gas bypassing Ukraine undermines the national security and energy security of Europe, as well as that the new agreement between Hungary and Gazprom deals a serious blow to Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.
It should be noted that initially, the Hungarian side announced the call of the Ukrainian ambassador. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the reason for calling the diplomat was Kyiv's reaction to the new contract between Budapest and Gazprom.
Budapest is outraged by Kyiv's statements about the agreement with Gazprom, Szijjártó said.
As it was reported earlier, on September 27, it became known that Hungary has signed a new long-term contract with the Russian concern Gazprom for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that they were disappointed with this decision.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called the gas contract of Budapest and Moscow a blow to the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.