Hungary to block Ukraine’s participation in NATO summit over education law

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary also plans to prevent the meeting of the defense ministers of Ukraine and the EU in April
10:54, 20 March 2018

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said he would block the participation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the NATO summit scheduled for July 2018. He said this during a visit to Brussels at a meeting of the European Union, press service of the Hungarian government reports.

Szijjártó announced his intention to block the holding of the Ukraine-NATO commission at the highest level in July, and also refused to support the meeting of the EU and Ukrainian defense ministers in April.

"With relation to Ukraine, Hungary has no other instruments at its disposal than to block Kyiv's international, European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations," he said.

"Accordingly, Hungary is also not supporting the holding of the EU-Ukraine defense ministers' meeting planned for April, or the NATO-Ukraine summit scheduled for this summer. Hungary will only be supporting these meetings if Ukraine adheres to the abovementioned conditions and to its international obligations," he said.

“Hungary and the European Union expects Ukraine to implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission, to consult with national minorities and to take the ban on removing existing rights seriously. So negotiations with the Hungarian national community must begin and the implementation of the Ukrainian Education Act must be suspended”, he highlighted.

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He also pointed out that Hungary is one of three EU countries, including Poland and Slovakia, that is supplying natural gas to Ukraine following the dispute between Russian energy company Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz.

He also expressed concern over the fact that Ukraine is planning to redeploy a battalion of some eight hundred to a thousand soldiers from the east to the city of Berehove (Beregszász), which is close to three NATO member states and home to the largest ratio of Hungarians. He added that even more worrying is the reason given by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, according to which the measure is necessary in view of threats to Ukraine's territorial integrity. "This means that Kyiv regards the Hungarian national community as a threat factor, which is outrageous, and is something that Hungary rejects in the strongest possible terms," he said.

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“Ukraine must guarantee that the Act, which grossly infringes on the rights of minorities, is not introduced in any form until that time, and during this period it performs the required consultations with the Hungarian minority and implements what is agreed upon at those negotiations”, he explained. “In addition, a legal guarantee is required with relation to all this, because despite several verbal promises, things have regularly occurred in an opposite direction”, the Minister underlined.


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