Contents tagged with Hungary

  • Kyiv: Hungary continues to block Ukraine-NATO Summit

    The NATO Summit in Brussels can take place on July 11-12 with the participation of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as reported by Radio Svoboda journalist Rikard Jozwiak on Twitter. According to him, it became possible after Hungary unblocked holding the event."The EU-Ukraine Summit is tentatively scheduled for July 9 in Brussels. This means that Poroshenko should stay there for the NATO Summit on July 11-12. Hungary allows it,” Jozwiak wrote.On the other hand, Vice-Prime-Minister for …

  • Poland proposes to change format of Ukraine-NATO meetings to avoid Hungary’s blocking vote

    Ukrinform reports that Jacek Czaputowicz, The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, has proposed to change the format of the meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in order to bypass Hungary's veto for holding formal meetings.

    In Czaputowicz’s opinion, it is necessary to find an opportunity for holding "less formal" meetings between Kyiv and Brussels.

    "Perhaps we will find a way out, another, less formal format, so that Ukrainians can participate in this discussion," Czaputowicz said.

    On …

  • Hungary: We will block Ukraine’s NATO initiatives until the rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians are restored

    UNN news agency reports that Hungary will continue to oppose interaction between Ukraine and NATO, as Budapest continues to demand Ukraine "restore the rights" of Transcarpathian Hungarians.  According to the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, the country is presently under significant international pressure to reconsider Budapest’s blocking of further negotiations between NATO and Ukraine.

    "Hungary will not succumb to international pressure and will not sacrifice on the …

  • Hungary blocks the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission

    For the third time, Hungary vetoed the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of foreign ministers, Ukrinform reports.

    The Hungarian government is apparently making good on its promise to apply "pressure" on Kyiv until it changes the law on education that was passed in autumn. Hungary believes that the newly-adopted law violates the rights of national minorities to study in their languages.

    At the beginning of the year, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the …

  • Kyiv: Budapest issued more than hundred thousand passports to Ukrainians in Transcarpathia

    More than 100,000 Ukrainians in Transcarpathia have Hungarian passports, as stated by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar in an interview with Radio Liberty.

    "Most of these passports were issued before Ukraine received a visa-free travel regime [with EU] and there was a practical benefit of having these passports. It was possible to cross the border without restrictions, to get a job in Hungary or in other countries,” the representative of the Foreign Ministry noted. …

  • Kyiv: growing Russian influence on Hungary threatens all of Europe

    Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar expressed his concern regarding the growth of Russia's influence on Hungary.

    "Politically, I can assume that Moscow's influence on Budapest is, unfortunately, growing and that this is a threat not only to Kyiv but also to Europe, to NATO unity and to the understanding of how Russia acts in a hybrid way," said Vasyl Bodnar in an interview with Radio Liberty.

    According to Bodnar, Hungary is using its NATO membership to pressure Ukraine in the …

  • Ukrainian President will not cancel trip to NATO summit despite threats from Hungary

    Ukraine's ambassador to NATO, Vadym Prystaiko, confirmed that the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission is in jeopardy because of Hungary's actions. However, according to the diplomat, President Petro Poroshenko will still take part in the July NATO summit, where he has been invited.

    Prystaiko broke the news to Ukrainski Novyny, commenting on the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s statement on Hungary’s continued efforts to block Ukraine's European integration aspirations. Recently, …

  • Hungary concerned about Ukraine's intentions to restore the military unit in Berehove

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó expressed dissatisfaction with the plans of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to restore the military unit based in Berehove, reports Yevropeyska Pravda, citing Hungarian publication Hirado.hu.

    "According to Szijjártó, he is worried that the Ukrainian army intends to deploy a battalion of about 800 people in the city with the highest proportion of Hungarians among the population," the report said.

    According to the Foreign Minister of Hungary, the …

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: OSCE observers establish a permanent presence in Ukrainian Uzhhorod

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reported on the beginning of constant patrolling by the OSCE monitoring mission in Transcarpathia, the  publication Mukachevo.net writes.

    "On Friday, the Hungarian Foreign Minister was informed by a letter from the Secretary General that the OSCE has established a permanent presence in Uzhhorod. The observation mission consists of 12 people," the press-service of the ruling Fidesz Party reports, quoting Minister Szijjártó.

    According to the minister, …

  • Kyiv: Hungarians in Transcarpathia will not receive autonomy

    Kyiv will not agree to give autonomy to Hungarians in Ukraine.

    Hanna Hopko, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, said this to LB.ua while commenting on a prior statement by the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine.

     “Although MPs and I repeatedly and clearly explained to the Hungarian ambassador to Ukraine – there will be no Hungarian autonomy in Transcarpathian Region," Hopko said.

    According to Hopko, Hungary must respect the Constitution of Ukraine as …