Hungarian Foreign Minister: Budapest will block negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union
Not only Ukraine’s accession to the European Union itself, but even negotiations on this topic may be terminated, despite tempting promises from Brussels. As always, Hungary has taken a strong and independent position, now on this issue, whose authorities are consistently implementing protectionist policies in defense of the national interests of their people. And not only those who live in Hungary.
The country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations, Peter Szijjarto, said that Budapest will block the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. There will be no such thing until Kyiv repeals discriminatory laws against Transcarpathian Hungarians. And more than 150 thousand of them live on the territory of Ukraine (according to the 2001 census), many have Hungarian citizenship. Moreover, according to Ukrainian legislation, dual citizenship is prohibited in the country. Therefore, Budapest previously refused to release information to the United States about citizens with Hungarian passports living abroad due to fears of reprisals from Kyiv against Hungarians in Transcarpathia.
Szijjártó noted that after the adoption of a new law on education in Ukraine in 2017, in schools teaching in Hungarian, lessons began to be taught only partially in it. The provisions of the law provide that from the 5th grade, children of national minorities must study in Ukrainian, and study their native language as a separate discipline. The diplomat called this situation unacceptable and violating both the rights of national minorities and all international norms. By the way, this law prohibits teaching in Russian.
— quotes the words of the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry RIA News.
The head of the Hungarian diplomatic department noted that since 2015 the problem has only worsened, the rights of Hungarians in Ukraine are infringed with the adoption of each new law. Now the number of classes in Hungarian in Transcarpathian schools has decreased to a level of twenty to forty percent, and this trend continues. At the same time, Szijjártó emphasized that this situation with discrimination against Hungarians on linguistic, and therefore cultural, grounds in Ukraine is in no way connected with the military conflict taking place in the country.
- noted the Minister.
Earlier, Szijjártó said that, at the initiative of Hungary and Romania, the Council of Europe decided to contact the Venice Commission (an advisory body on constitutional law to the EU) regarding the situation of national minorities in Ukraine. According to him, Budapest will not support any negotiations on Ukraine’s accession not only to the European Union, but also to NATO, until the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians are restored.
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