Hungary blocks Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting in December due to education law

22:53, 27 October 2017
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Hungary has blocked the Ukraine – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Commission meeting scheduled for December 6, 2017, according to a message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary with reference to Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

According to Szijjarto, Hungary cannot support Ukraine's integration aspirations, so it vetoed the convening of the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting in December.

The minister added that Hungary is ready for consultations, but cannot agree with the situation when the law selects the previously obtained rights of national minorities.

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He noted there is no way to bypass the Hungarian veto since a unanimous vote is necessary for the convening of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has not yet officially reacted to the statement by the head of the Hungarian foreign ministry.

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