Hungary blocks Ukraine-NATO commission

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session should be held this week at the foreign ministers level
17:46, 23 April 2018

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Hungary imposed a veto at the holding of the Ukraine-NATO commission in Brussels at the foreign ministers level that should take place this week. Ukrinform reported this citing the information from the Euroatlantic diplomatic circles.

Budapest blocks the holding of the Ukraine-NATO commission for the third time, expressing the claimants toward the language article of the Ukrainian law on education.

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The session of the North Atlantic council at the level of the allies' foreign ministers will take place on April 26 in Brussels. Ukraine planned to hold the session of the Ukraine-NATO commission within the meeting. All allies and NATO International Secretariat supported this initiative but Hungary vetoed it.

As we reported the session of the Ukraine-NATO commission that should take place on February 14-15 was blocked by Hungary. Hungary claimed about its intention to block the meeting in the mid of January when Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary claimed that the blocking will continue until Kyiv fulfills the demands of Hungary toward the education law. 

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The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

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