Hungary, insistent on rights of minorities in Ukraine, blocks Ukraine’s western hopes
At the heart is the Education Law restricting ethnic languages
Via Novorosinform: The Hungarian government will keep on blocking the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine. Foreign Ministry of Hungary Tamas Menczer said it in the run-up to the NATO summit in Brussels.
“Our position with regard to Ukraine remains unchanged,” said the speaker of the Hungarian foreign ministry, the press service of the ministry said.
According to him, the blocking of Kiev’s Euro-Atlantic course by Budapest will continue until the Ukrainian authorities stop violating the rights of ethnic minorities, and rights once acquired are returned to the minorities living there.
Menczer also threatened that the Hungarian authorities would block the holding of Ukraine-NATO summits or ministerial meetings, as well as veto any joint bilateral decisions and statements of Ukraine and NATO.
Recall that on June 25, Hungary spelled out the terms of the unblocking of the Ukraine-NATO commission. In an interview with the Ukrainian media, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó noted that both the Ukrainian side and NATO allies know about these requirements.
“The first condition is that the transition period in relation to the language of education should be extended until 2023, and during this time you must agree with the minority on what changes will be introduced,” Péter Szijjártó said, answering journalists’ questions.
“The second condition, which also fully meets the proposals of the Venice Commission – the rule on the language of instruction should not apply to private schools,” the minister added.
As a third condition, Ukraine should begin consultations with representatives of the Hungarian minority.
In addition, the Hungarian authorities demanded that Ukraine give the Hungarian language official status.
However, earlier under pressure from the United States, Hungary agreed to let Poroshenko go to the NATO summit.
On June 20, a rally in Kiev against the intervention of the Hungarian government in the affairs of Ukraine. 70 activists of the Kiev Volunteer Hundreds demanded that Hungary stop the unfriendly policies and actions against Ukraine.
On May 23, Ukrainian Nazis staged a demonstration in Uzhgorod near the building of the Consulate General of Hungary. Representatives of the so-called “National Assembly of Patriots of Ukraine,” former participants of the ATO and participants in neo-Nazi groups protested against “Hungary’s interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine.”