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Hungary might expel Ukrainian diplomat due to passport scandal

Earlier, Hungary threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine's European integration because of the passport scandal in Zakarpattia
11:25, 24 September 2018

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Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that if Ukraine expels the Hungarian consul to Berehove, Budapest will expel a Ukrainian diplomat of the same rank. He said it before his flight to New York, where he is to participate in the session of the UN General Assembly, as Origo reports.

The Minister noted that if Kyiv expels the consul after the scandal with the passports issuance in Berehove, Budapest will have to do the same. He also thinks that recently, anti-Hungarian vibes increased before the elections in Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine violates “the main rules of diplomacy”.

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The Foreign Minister confirmed that in New York, he has a meeting with his Ukrainian colleague Pavlo Klimkin.

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians are receiving Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents.

Related: Poland to not support EU sanctions against Hungary

Later, Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister, said that the video is being checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country. 

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated.

Related: EU Parliament endorses introduction of sanctions procedure against Hungary

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