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Szijarto outraged at Ukrainian Foreign Minister being invited to Brussels, says it undermines NATO unity

Tuesday, 4 April 2023, 20:06

Peter Szijarto, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary has expressed his dissatisfaction with the resumption of the work of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, which is meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, the day of the ministerial meeting of the Alliance states.

Source: European Pravda, citing Szijarto who posted his opinion on Facebook.

Quote: "The invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine violates the principle of unity of allies within NATO, but we will take part in the meeting in a constructive spirit," the head of Hungarian diplomacy emphasised.


Details: He added that Budapest would stop blocking Ukraine's rapprochement with NATO "only and only on the condition that the Ukrainians return to the Hungarians of Transcarpathia the rights they enjoyed until 2015."

Separately, Sijarto noted that the Alliance's ministerial meeting should emphasise that "NATO is not participating in the war in our neighbourhood and that it is necessary to do everything possible to prevent a direct conflict between NATO and Russia."

Reminder: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine officially announced on Monday that Minister Dmytro Kuleba would pay a working visit to Brussels on 3-4 April to participate in the official meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission.

This will be the first meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission since 2017, when the education law opposed by Budapest was adopted.

Previously, in order to circumvent the Hungarian veto, NATO held joint meetings with Ukraine and Georgia. Currently, it is about holding the Ukraine-NATO Ministerial Commission.

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