Foreign ministers of the EU member states will hear the position of their Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó regarding the statement of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, where he called on the European Union not to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession.
Source: Interfax-Ukraine with reference to an anonymous European diplomat; European Pravda
Details: According to the source of Interfax-Ukraine, such a discussion will take place on 13 November within the framework of the meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs.
Quote: "We will talk about Ukraine, and it is quite obvious that there will be comments from ministers on the decision taken by the European Commission on Ukraine's accession to the EU. As part of this discussion, we will see what the Hungarian minister will say after this statement by Orbán, and we will look at the reaction of various ministers," said the European diplomat.
The source also said that EU High Representative Josep Borrell "fully and completely supports" the proposal of the European Commission to begin negotiations with Ukraine on joining the EU.
"We expect that Ukraine will receive an open path to the European Union, because this time the expansion concerns not just a country, not just us, but for the first time ever it also concerns the rest of the world – this is a geopolitical issue, a key geopolitical problem, and we really want to work in this direction," he added.
- Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the European Union should not start EU accession negotiations with Ukraine, adding that this is Hungary's "clear" stance.
- Before that, the Hungarian government stated that the EU should not start membership talks with Ukraine because it failed to fulfil the conditions.
- In addition, Orbán said Budapest would block the start of EU accession talks with Ukraine until Hungary's language requirements are met.