Ukraine not to discuss with Hungary how to interpret Ukrainian laws – Klimkin
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Ukraine will not discuss with Hungary how to interpret Ukrainian laws on the Ukrainian territory.
"We are not discussing with the Hungarian side how to interpret Ukrainian laws on the Ukrainian territory. This and many other important issues will be discussed at the Ukrainian-Hungarian consular consultations in Kyiv on November 28, as well as during my next meetings with [Hungarian FM] Péter Szijjártó," Klimkin wrote on Twitter on November 23, 2018.
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, Péter Szijjártó, 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 would continue implementing the pro-Ukrainian policy in the region. In turn, Szijjártó 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 had to leave the territory of Ukraine within the following 72 hours. In a retaliation move, Hungary announced the expulsion of the Ukrainian Consul in Budapest.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on November 15 echoed Vladimir Putin in claiming that it was impossible to reach an agreement with today's leadership of Ukraine. He expressed hope that following presidential elections scheduled for 2019, it will be easier for Budapest to come to terms with Ukraine leaders.