Hungary's Foreign Minister: Budapest, Bucharest to jointly oppose Ukraine’s education law

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary is interested in creating and maintaining strategic contact with Romania in the language issue
08:48, 3 October 2017

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyatro considers it quite natural and normal that Hungary and Romania together oppose the new law of Ukraine on Education. He made this statement during his visit to Romania, Radio Liberty reports.

After meeting with his Romanian counterpart Theodor Meleshkanu in the Romanian city of Cluj, Siyatro said that Hungary is interested in creating and maintaining a strategic contact with Romania on this issue, because "it is much better to create success stories than to deal with conflicts."

More than half a million Hungarians and Romanians live in Ukraine, and therefore Hungary and Romania are acting together, the minister said.

In his opinion, if the Verkhovna Rada legislatively accepts proposals of the parliamentary commission on culture, the cultural and educational opportunities of the Hungarian and Romanian minorities will be significantly narrowed, and against this Hungary and Romania will fight together, Siyarto said.

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He also noted that, according to him, the law on education contradicts the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, the signing of which was supported by Budapest and Bucharest. Because of this, the minister said, he regards the adoption of Ukrainian law as a "blow in the back" to two states.

At the same time, the minister sees a "serious threat" in the fact that bills on language and citizenship have also been submitted to Ukrainian parliamentarians.

As it was reported earlier the statements of Hungary on the blocking of Ukraine on the way to the eurointegration due to the signing of the education law are connected with the election in this country and attempt to divert attention from the problems with the EU. Deputy Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yeliseev.

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