"Ice has broken": Zelensky could meet with Hungarian PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to remove misunderstandings in relations between the countries that have accumulated over the past years.
That's according to MP with the ruling Servant of the People party, Iryna Vereshchuk, who spoke with Ukraine 24 TV Channel.
"I'd say that the ice has broken [in relations between Ukraine and Hungary]. They shouldn't be the way they were. They are our neighbors, and the policy of good neighborliness should prevail," Vereshchuk noted.
She expressed confidence that after the talks between foreign ministers Dmytro Kuleba and Peter Szijjarto, "a meeting between President Zelensky and Prime Minister Viktor Orban will soon be held because this is what everyone really needs this."
"Firstly, we need this because they are our neighbors and members of the Euro-Atlantic community. As you know, decisions are made by consensus there. They've been blocking us in the Ukraine-NATO Commission, not allowing us to move forward and be effective. However, as we see from recent developments, we have received a special NATO status [Enhanced Opportunity Partnership] – and the Hungarians didn't interfere. This indicates that they are ready to cooperate and talk. Now it's we who decide where to go for concessions and where are the red lines we aren't ready to cross," MP said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has scheduled another meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto – second in a month.
Regular communication, Kuleba believes, helps parties address the issues that have amassed over time.
As UNIAN reported earlier, relations between the two countries slid to a chill after the Ukrainian parliament in 2017 passed a new education law.
Hungary has since then been blocking meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, claiming alleged violation of rights of Hungarians living in Ukraine due to the provision of the law that determines that the language of command in educational facilities shall be the state language, which is Ukrainian.
According to the conclusion of the Venice Commission of December 8, 2017, the Ukrainian authorities were recommended to balance the language-related provision in the education law.