Hungary Minister of Foreign Affairs criticizes Ukraine

Peter Szijártó, Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs of Hungary

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# 31 January 2023 14:56 (UTC +04:00)

"Hungary has always wanted to establish good relations with Ukraine. There are many reasons for this," said the Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Szijártó.

He said that they wanted this even before the war: "150 thousand Hungarians live there. We wanted their lives to be better. We are neighboring countries. But the Ukrainians never sided with us on these issues."

The minister reminded that in the last 8 years in Ukraine, the laws restricting the rights of Hungarians and other national minorities, including the right to education in their mother tongue, have been adopted, and he noted that this is against international law.

"Now I ask, what was the need for these laws? Now they are asking for help from neighboring countries. The desire for better relations between Hungary and Ukraine is just a one-sided desire and it is expressed only by Hungary. I am always open and ready to cooperate with my Ukrainian colleagues. However, my current colleague does not call me at all."

Szijártó said that his country wants the war to end as soon as possible.

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