Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded to a statement by the Hungarian side that they would continue to block Ukraine's accession to NATO. Kuleba made the relevant statement during a briefing on Thursday, September 30.
“Orban did not announce any news. Hungary has consistently stressed that the NATO issue will be resolved in conjunction with a comprehensive resolution of the issue with the Hungarian minority in Ukraine, and this is not a simple knot, it must be untied one curl after another,” the minister said.
He noted that Ukraine stands for friendship and cooperation with Hungary, but in extreme cases, Kyiv is ready to “strike back”.
“We can endlessly exchange harsh statements, it's part of a big political battle, but in principle we are ready to be friends, but if someone does something that does not meet Ukrainian interests and directly affects them and provokes us, we will always retaliate. Diplomatically, of course,” Kuleba stressed.
As it was reported earlier, on September 27, it became known that Hungary 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 contract between Budapest and Moscow on gas transit bypassing Ukraine to be a hit at the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.
The Hungarian side announced the call of the Ukrainian ambassador. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is summoning the Hungarian ambassador as well.