Ukraine wants Hungary to explain decision on minister for Transcarpathia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has strongly protested against Hungary's decision to create the post of an authorized minister responsible for the development of Transcarpathia and develop kindergartens in the Carpathian basin.
"László Csaba Pap, the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Mission in Ukraine, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on July 31, 2018. The Hungarian diplomat was notified about strong protest against a number of unfriendly steps by official Budapest toward Ukraine and the need to stop actions that affect the bilateral relations," the Ukrainian ministry said in a statement.
In particular, the Ukrainian side stresses that latest statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Ukraine's European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations are unacceptable as they significantly deviate from the policy of the European Union and largely resemble an aggressor country's approaches.
"The Hungarian diplomat received a note demanding official explanations in connection with the decision of the Hungarian government to create the post of an authorized minister responsible for the development of Transcarpathia and a program for the development of kindergartens in the Carpathian basin, since the envoy's authority will cover part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine," the statement reads.
"Despite the constructive approach of the Ukrainian side to the solution of existing problems, Hungary's recent actions demonstrate the country has chosen confrontation instead of cooperation and direct intervention in Ukraine's internal affairs," the ministry said.
Orban has recently announced that he does not believe that Ukrainians' aspirations for joining the European Union and NATO are realistic.