Head of the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland, Pawel Soloch, states that the tension in relations between Ukraine and Hungary should not affect the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as the European Union.
“Regarding the situation between Hungary and Ukraine: we are interested in these tensions not affecting Ukraine's cooperation with NATO and the European Union,” Soloch said, speaking at a joint press conference with NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in Kyiv Thursday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Separately, he noted that at the next meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine will be the only one on the agenda.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Hungary has been blocking the holding of meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, claiming the alleged violation of rights of Hungarians living in Ukraine over the provision of the new education law making Ukrainian language the language of instruction in the education process.
In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, demanded that Ukraine amend the law on education and postpone its implementation until 2023, otherwise Budapest will block important meetings for Ukraine at the level of the European Union and NATO.
In addition, after the situation with the secret distribution of Hungarian passports to Ukrainians in Zakarpattia region, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine could expel the Hungarian Consul in Berehove and that it would not retreat from the implementation of the pro-Ukrainian policies in the region. In turn, Szijjarto threatened to resort to new measures to hinder the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine.
On October 4, the Hungarian Consul in the town of Berehove was declared persona non grata. He must leave the territory of Ukraine within the next 72 hours. In a retaliation move, Hungary announced the expulsion of the Ukrainian Consul in Budapest.