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Ukraine would accept Hungarian aid for Zakarpattia if it harmonizes with Ukrainian law, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Bodnar noted that Ukraine is currently reformatting its policy on national minorities
16:57, 12 July 2021

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Ukraine does not object to Hungary's support programs of the national minorities in Zakarpattia, but at the same time demands compliance with current legislation. This was stated by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasyl Bodnar, as Ukrinform reports.

"As for the Hungarian grant aid, this issue is not new. It has been on the agenda for a long time. Of course, there are some nuances, but they are not as widespread as with the Hungarian side, which considers that its duty is to help the Hungarian minority in Ukraine. However, Ukraine must take all measures to ensure that these possible influences do not become an element of threat to national security. I emphasize that this is in no way about limiting or creating certain obstacles to the development of national minorities. On the contrary, it should be introduced into the legal framework. A friendship should be built on the basis of such programs," Bodnar said.

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He noted that Ukraine is currently transforming its policy on national minorities. In this context, he said that a draft law on national minorities is being prepared. It provides a separate mechanism for financing minorities' needs in the state and local budgets. It also identifies an institution that deals with the state's interaction with national minorities.

He predicted that after the adoption of the relevant law, a separate State Target Program will be developed to support national communities.

As it is known, since September 2017, Hungary has been vetoing all NATO decisions regarding the deepening of cooperation with Ukraine, as well as blocking dialogue at the political level. In particular, Budapest is demanding that the Ukrainian authorities address education issues for the Hungarian community and the law on state language usage. In December 2020, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke about the cause of the conflict with Hungary over the rights of Hungarians in Zakarpattia. Kuleba also predicted that Hungary would not completely block Ukraine's relations with NATO.

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