Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs took up the announcement by Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Szijarto on reconsidering EU’s association agreement with Ukraine with surprise. The statement of Ukrainian foreign service reads that.
“Ukraine has always perceived Hungary as an important partner, solving all the problems with by means of dialogue. This concerns the situation of the new Ukrainian Law on education as well,” reads the message.
It is also noted that Hungary has the right to raise any questions in the frameworks of the EU.
“However decisions on Ukraine can’t be taken without Ukraine, which is paying a very high price for its place in Europe,” the foreign Ministry notes.
“We would like to remind that European future has always been and remains the main goal of all Ukrainian citizens, including citizens of Hungarian nationality. The revolution of dignity was held under the flags of the united Europe. It is exactly the European future that Ukraine is suffering for from the Russian Federation. We have repeatedly emphasized our openness to subject negotiations,” reads the statement.
It is also noted that despite the offer of the Ukrainian side regarding visiting Zakarpattia region by both foreign ministers, the Hungarian side decided to perform such a visit unilaterally.
“However Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin is ready to visit Budapest on October 12, and Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science Liliya Hrynevych confirmed her readiness to meet the Minister of Human Resources Zoltan Balog in Kyiv on October 19. We are ready for the dialogue on state-by-state basis. We are waiting for the representatives of Hungarian parliament both in Kyiv and in Zakarpattia region,” the statement says.
Foreign Ministry is also inviting European friends and partners to visit Zakarpattia and to talk directly to the local residents to make their own judgment of the situation in the scene.
As we reported earlier, President Petro Poroshenko signed the education law approved by the Ukrainian Parliament on September 5, 2017.
After Hungary appealed to the UN to investigate Ukrainian education law last week, Minister of Human Resources of Hungary Zoltan Balog appealed with the official letter to the Ukrainian Minister of Education Liliia Grynevych and asked for a personal meeting to discuss the new ‘Law on Education’. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed that the government of Hungary decided to block all further decisions of the EU that aim for the rapprochement of the EU with Ukraine due to the ‘Law on Education’.
Hungary and Romania together oppose the new law of Ukraine on education. He made this statement during his visit to Romania.