American edition: Hungary can put an end to Zelensky's plans to join NATO and the EU
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy seeks to bring the country into NATO and make it part of European society, but there is one big problem and it is in the West. Hungary can put an end to Zelensky's plans, writes the author of an article for the American magazine The National Interest.
Ukrainian Transcarpathia borders Hungary and the majority of the population living in this region is ethnic Hungarians or has Hungarian citizenship. Budapest seeks to reunite its people and puts a lot of effort and resources into this. Kiev does not like this, it opposes teaching in Hungarian, so relations between the countries have been quite strained lately, the author writes. Because of this, Hungary creates obstacles for Ukraine, opposing its entry into the EU and NATO.
Hungary's intentions are clear and aimed at separating Transcarpathia from the rest of Ukraine, the author writes, for some reason bringing Russia here too. According to Melinda Haring, the current situation in western Ukraine "pleases Putin," who seeks to make life in Kiev "even more difficult." She is convinced that this region has not been without the "hand of Moscow", and this is supported by the "highest" level of commitment to the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
- the author writes.
So far, no serious attempts have been made to separate Transcarpathia from Ukraine, and if Zelensky wants to keep this region as part of his country, he needs to take steps to further integrate Hungarians into Ukrainian society and improve relations with Budapest. Otherwise, he will not see either EU or NATO membership, she sums up.
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