The head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Peter Szijjarto, explained that the Hungarian authorities would not agree to the NATO-Ukraine commission until the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia are restored. 150 thousand Hungarians live in this region.
“We made it clear many years ago that until Ukraine returns the rights of the Transcarpathian Hungarians, we will not contribute to the convening of this body,” Mr. Szijjártó wrote on Facebook (owned by the Meta corporation, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).
This is how Peter Szijjarto commented on today’s Financial Times article. According to the publication, Hungary was against the participation of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in the official session, because of which he was forced to meet with Western colleagues at a separate dinner.
However, as Peter Szijjarto noted, the Hungarian authorities will not raise the issue of the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians as long as the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues. “Let’s hope that peace will come as soon as possible and then this issue can be discussed again,” the minister said.
Hungary has been blocking NATO-Ukraine meetings since 2017. This is due to the fact that in 2017 Ukraine adopted a law on education. He reduced the possibility of education in minority languages, including Hungarian.
On the course and consequences of the military operation in Ukraine – in the online broadcast “Kommersant”.