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Hungary prevents Ukraine from joining NATO

Kiev authorities systematically violate the rights of Hungarians in Transcarpathia

Ukraine does not meet democratic criteria and violates the rights of national minorities, and therefore we cannot yet talk about its joining the North Atlantic Alliance. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations of Hungary Peter Siyarto

“To conduct a conversation on this issue, any country must achieve democratic standards, and Ukraine has not yet done this,”

– said the head of Hungarian diplomacy.

Budapest considers the violation of the rights of ethnic communities by the authorities to be the main obstacle on the way of Ukraine’s accession to NATO. “We will never accept violation of minority rights … Until this problem is resolved, it is very difficult to talk about any further progress)”, – stressed Siyarto.

A month ago, Ukraine was criticized for restricting the linguistic rights of national minorities by the President of the Republic of Hungary Janos Ader“Those who learn their language are threatened with a fine. This is contrary to the ideals of democracy and does not honor the titular nations, ” – said the head of Hungary in Kiev at the summit of the “Crimean Platform”, violating the anti-Russian leitmotif of the event.

Hungarian flag on the building of the city council of Beregovo (Transcarpathian region)

Budapest is closely monitoring the situation of 150 thousand ethnic Hungarians, compactly living in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine and making up the majority of the population in one of the regional districts – Beregovsky. Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary Victor Orban back in 2014, he very clearly outlined the expectations of his country from Ukraine: “The Hungarian community there (in Transcarpathia) should receive dual citizenship, all the rights of the national community, and it should also receive the opportunity to self-government.”

After the seizure of power in Ukraine by force by supporters of the “Euromaidan”, the issue of observing the humanitarian and political rights of the Transcarpathian Magyars turned into a source of tension in relations between the two states. Budapest reacted sharply negatively to the laws adopted by Kiev on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language, on quotas for Ukrainian-language broadcasting on television, on the definition of indigenous peoples, the list of which did not include Hungarians, Russians and the vast majority of other nationalities of Ukraine.

The conflict reached its peak with the adoption by Ukraine in 2017 of the discriminatory law No. 2145-VIII “On Education”, which established the only language of the educational process in educational institutions “mov”. In response, Hungary began to systematically block the meetings of the Ukraine-NATO ministerial commissions. In 2018, a passport scandal erupted, caused by a video posted on the Web of the solemn presentation of Hungarian documents to the residents of Transcarpathia at the Consulate General of Hungary in Beregovo. Then it turned out that the passports of the neighboring state were not issued at the event, but Kiev expelled the Hungarian consul and received a mirror response from Budapest.

At first after the election Vladimir Zelensky President of Ukraine, the Hungarian side counted on progress in solving the problems of compatriots in Transcarpathia. However, Budapest’s expectations were not met. Linguocidal laws have not been abolished, pogroms of the buildings of Hungarian organizations and damage to Hungarian monuments continue in Transcarpathia, Ukrainian ultra-right extremists also threaten with impunity reprisals against ethnic Hungarians, and Ukrainian special services persecute Hungarian organizations and leaders of the national community on suspicions of high treason.

Therefore, Budapest is blocking the admission of Ukraine to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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