During the Eastern Partnership Summit, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó repeated his phrase about “discriminative” nature of Ukraine’s education law and said Budapest wouldn’t support Ukraine’s EU, NATO aspirations until the education law is repealed, as Radio Liberty reports.
“We cannot do this and support Euroatlantic efforts (of Ukraine), as Kyiv neglected the rights of national minorities and grossly violated the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which came into force at the beginning of September,” he said.
According to Szijjártó, if Ukraine wants to integrate into the EU and NATO, it has to fulfill its international obligations. In particular, repeal the education law. Only then can Ukraine count on Hungary’s support. He also emphasized that Hungary “won’t sacrifice Hungarians of Zakarpattia on the altar of the world politics”.
The Ukrainian-Hungarian relationship tensed after Ukraine adopted its education law, according to which, more classes are to be taught in Ukrainian. Previously all classes could be taught in the languages of ethnic minorities, but now there will be a quota. While other countries are coming to terms with the new law, Hungary refuses to give it a fair hearing. The country says it limits the rights of the ethnic minorities.