Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said if Ukraine expels the Hungarian Consul in Berehove, Hungary will also expel a consul.
"If the Ukrainian Government decides to expel the Hungarian Consul in Berehove (Beregszász), Hungary will immediately expel a Ukrainian consul working in Hungary," Szijjártó announced with relation to his bilateral meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin on Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the high-level meeting of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, according to the official website of the Hungarian Government.
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"Everything that happened at the Hungarian representation in Berehove and at every Hungarian representation in Ukraine with relation to affording Hungarian citizenship is fully in harmony with both Hungarian and international law," he stressed. "The fact that people who are eligible for Hungarian citizenship according to law are afforded citizenship is not in violation of any Hungarian or international laws. The reference on the part of the Ukrainian party, which is projecting the image that affording Hungarian citizenship to people living in Transcarpathia contravenes some kind of international law, is false and deceptive," Szijjártó said.
The minister also said that in his opinion while Ukraine is led by the current president, the incitement of hatred against Hungarians being led and inspires by the Ukrainian state will not cease, because the president believes this is a way of acquiring some public support, because his current support is very low. "Next year's elections could bring a change in the situation," he added.
Last week, a hidden camera video of Ukrainian citizens taking their oaths of Hungarian citizenship at the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove (Beregszász) was uploaded to YouTube. Later, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin threatened that Kyiv would expel the Hungarian Consul.