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Ukraine, Hungary agree to improve cooperation, - Klimkin

The two countries' foreign ministers negotiated in Milan during the OSCE ministerial meeting on Thursday
16:18, 6 December 2018

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Ukraine and Hungary agreed to boost the interregional cooperation and implementation of the joint transborder infrastructure projects. Pavlo Klimkin, the foreign minister of Ukraine said that after the meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijarto. The two officials met in Milan, during the 25th OSCE ministerial meeting on Thursday.

According to the message posted on the Foreign Ministry's website, Klimkin informed Szijarto on the Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait. He urged Budapest to 'join the international community's steps to deter the Russian aggressor'.

The sides also discussed Hungarian assistance in the development of Zakarpattya region, which borders this country and has a considerable Hungarian community residing there.

The Hungarian minister was also briefed on the Ukrainian side's steps to implement the controversial education law, which evoked protests of the Hungarian government.

The Ukraine-Hungary relations have worsened several years ago, largely due to the unsettled issue of dual citizenship and the mentioned education law.

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians were receiving Hungarian passports and owed allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

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Ukraine's Foreign Minister said that the video was checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul will be expelled from the country. 

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated

Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.

The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in September 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.

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