Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Hungary should realize the scale of Russian hybrid methods, including in connection with last year's arson attack on the Hungarian Center in Ukraine's Zakarpattia region, which, as it emerged during court hearings in Poland, had been orchestrated by a pro-Russian journalist and executed by Polish members of a far-right group.
“It is early to draw conclusions about all those who were complicit in the arson attack on the Hungarian cultural center in Zakarpattia. But the fact that the name of a German journalist who works for the German right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party arose in court hearings really shows the complexity and scale of Russian hybrid methods," Klimkin wrote on Facebook.
"And everyone, including our Hungarian partners, must finally realize this," the minister added. “It’s time for Europe to think systemically of how they could counter Moscow, which is doing everything it wants in the territory of the free world.”
As UNIAN reported earlier, one of the suspects who executed the attack told the court that the goal was to frame Ukrainian nationalists by painting Nazi-related symbols on the façade of the Hungarian cultural center.
No one was injured in the attack, but the incident -- and another fire attack on the building weeks later -- exacerbated already strained relations between Kyiv and Budapest over a Ukrainian education law that Hungary claims limits the right of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine to be educated in their native language, according to RFE/RL.