Ukraine was unable to fully participate in the NATO ministerial meeting due to Hungary’s veto

In connection with the Hungarian veto, which has been in effect since 2017, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is participating in the official meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO countries, taking place on November 29-30 in Bucharest, in the format of separate negotiations, and not within the framework of the Ukraine-NATO Commission. This was announced by the representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko.

“As you know, Hungary has been blocking meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission above the level of ambassadors since 2017. To formally override the Hungarian veto, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will organize a separate meeting of NATO and Ukrainian foreign ministers,” Mr. Nikolenko told reporters (cited by Strana.ua). NATO Foreign Ministers are planning to discuss assistance to Ukraine to restore critical infrastructure.

Earlier today, November 29, Financial Times reported that Hungary spoke out against the participation of Dmitry Kuleba in the official session. In this regard, the newspaper wrote, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry met with Western colleagues at a separate dinner.

The Hungarian veto on the NATO-Ukraine Commission ministerial meetings has been in effect since 2017. This is how Budapest responded to the adoption by the Ukrainian authorities of the law “On Education”, according to which schools and higher educational institutions should gradually switch to full teaching in the Ukrainian language. Minority languages ​​can only be studied as an additional discipline. In Hungary, the measure was criticized and the law was called “shameful”.

Lusine Balasyan

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