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Hungary to block any NATO decision on Ukraine, - media

Budapest warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the change of its position concerning Ukraine in a letter
15:22, 2 July 2018

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The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban at the NATO summit of July 11-12 will block any decision made upon the meeting of Ukraine and Georgia. This was stated in Hungary’s official letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as the European truth agency reports.

According to the news agency, the letter was sent three days after the Ukraine-Hungary meeting at the ministerial level that took place in Berehove city.

As it is noted, after the meeting, Hungary refused from the veto on Ukraine’s participation in the NATO summit.  

In addition, Budapest regarding stepped back from the ultimatum demand for Ukraine to return to the old language system in education. It finally agreed with the conclusions of the Venice Commission that Article 7 of the Law on Education can be fulfilled so that it does not harm national minorities. Of course, upon the consultation with the representatives of these national minorities.

Related: Hungary to not support Ukraine-NATO relations until amendments to education law

The Foreign Minister of Hungary Péter Szijjártó also publicly suggested that before the end of summit, the progress will be more noticeable and Hungary will stop blocking the decision of the Alliance concerning the status of Ukraine.

However, in several days Hungarian Foreign Ministry in a letter claimed that the meeting with Ukraine had not brought any advance.

Asked by the agency about the reasons for such an abrupt change of positions, the ministry did not reply and did not deny there was such a letter addressed to Jens Stoltenberg.

As it was reported earlier, on June 22, Szijjarto claimed that Hungary will not support the relations between Ukraine and NATO until Ukraine does not fulfill the recommendations of the Venice Commission on the language article of the law "On education".

Earlier Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO claimed that NATO is interested in the membership of Ukraine in the alliance.

Related: Polish MFA: NATO should interfere in "family quarrel" between Ukraine and Hungary

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