Hungary, Russia eager to protect national minorities’ rights in Ukraine

Russia responded that “behavior of nationalists cannot be overlooked”
14:19, 3 December 2019

National Assembly of Hungary addressed the State Duma of Russian Federation and urged to “join efforts in protection of the rights of national minorities in Ukraine.” State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin stated this, as TASS agency reported.

“The parliament of Hungary turned to the State Duma asking to join efforts to protect the rights of the national minorities, first of all, for learning the language. After the adoption of the Rada law on the language, the people who live on the territory of Ukraine lost such right,” Volodin claimed.

The head of Russian State Duma urged the European Parliament, OSCE and PACE to study the situation with the rights of the national minorities in Ukraine.  

“If we say that Ukraine wants to become a European country, it must, first of all, get rid of such rudiments as nationalism in politics. The behavior of nationalists cannot be overlooked,” Volodin said.

Related: Ukraine, Hungary Foreign Ministries prepare meeting of Zelensky, Orban

As it was reported earlier, Hungary banned NATO Ambassadors' declaration on Ukraine. Szijjártó mentioned that the Hungarian side proposed to amend the statement. As he said, Ukraine had to observe its obligations regarding minorities according to international law. NATO refused from the suggestion. 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged not to consider relations between Hungary and Ukraine in the context of Budapest's relations with Moscow.

Related: Ukraine implements 6/7 recommendations of Venice Commission relating to Hungary

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