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Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers responds to Hungarian loud claims on education law in Ukraine

If the Hungarian Parliament believes that in such a way, pressuring us, they can achieve a positive result, unfortunately, they will achieve quite the opposite effect”
19:42, 22 February 2019

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The loud claims of the representatives of Hungary concerning Ukraine's 'semi-fascist' education law do not bolster readiness of the MPs to approve the legislative changes on implementing the language article in accordance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, said this, as Ukrinform reports.

“We are ready to negotiate. We took the responsibility to implement the decision of the Venezuelan Commission on continuing the term of implementing the Article 7 of the education law and we are working with MPs on that the Verkhovna Rada approved those changes, which the government represented, or the new small bill. Then I think the manipulation with arguments about non-readiness of Ukraine to negotiate would be leveled. However, those loud claims are far from encouraging our MPs to implement new changes. If the Hungarian Parliament believes that in such a way, pressuring us, they can achieve a positive result, unfortunately, they will achieve quite the opposite effect”, - Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

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The Vice-Prime-President pointed out that this problem in the relationships between the countries is not the new one, and Hungary, unfortunately, took an unconstructive position to some extent the position of intimidation and preventing implementing the NATO-Ukraine Commission on the high level. At the same time, the NATO members try to find out the way that the negotiation between Ukraine and NATO could take place anyway.

In this context, Klympush-Tsintsadze recollected that Stepan Poltorak, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, participated in the informal brunch with all the other ministers of defense of NATO-members during the meeting of ministers in Brussels a week ago.

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“Other ways to negotiate with NATO-members and with Georgia were found out. That’s why this intimidation by the Hungarian authorities luckily is failing”, - the Vice-Prime-Minister stressed.  

As we reported earlier, Hungary once again blamed the Ukrainian law on education, considering it a 'violation of the rights of national minorities'.

The head of Orban's administration added that Hungary expected Ukraine to submit changes to that law.

Related: Russian aggression in Ukraine: Where does Hungary stand?

When the Ukrainian Parliament passed the Law on Education in autumn 2017, the Hungarian government heavily protested, as the law stipulates that after the primary school, the children will be only taught in the Ukrainian language - without the opportunity to be taught in the language of any national minority. Budapest considered the law an assault on the rights of the national minorities in Ukraine. However, the Venice Commission supported Ukraine in this regard, finding that the law allowed no violations in this area. 

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