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Verhofstadt has a point. Following the Orban regime’s foreign policy mischief in NATO, the EU, and Ukraine, it is abundantly clear the regime is now an unrepentant proxy for its masters in Muscovy.
The EU seems to be as always toothless when dealing with Russia’s proxies inside the EU.
The inconvenient truth is that under the current circumstances, it would be impossible for Hungary to join the European Union today, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview with RT that, in his opinion, EU nations should discuss anti-Russian sanctions instead of extending them automatically. A similar opinion was earlier voiced by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
In an interview with the Russian channel RT, Hungarian Prime Minister Péter Szijjártó said that he believes that there is a need to discuss anti-Russian sanctions instead of automatically renewing them. At the same time, the head of the Hungarian diplomacy substantiates his position by the fact that the sanctions are allegedly useless. “Let’s analyze the facts, did the sanctions help the European economy or the Russian economy or, conversely, helped to put pressure on the Russian economy, whether they helped to fulfill the Minsk agreement? By answering these questions, we need to make decisions about our future,” – Szijjártó said. At the same time, Szijjártó said that he is against the violation of the EU unity on this issue. “Now the current government of Italy seems to share our view: there should be no automatic renewal of sanctions, and there is a need for discussion. Since Italy is a strong country and a member of the G7, it will be easier for a smaller country to represent this position along with a larger country,” – Szijjártó said.
The Hungarian side’s statements about the possibility of taking steps to slow Ukraine’s integration into the EU due to the “passport” scandal are in the interests of Russia and can be regarded as the use of this situation to obtain certain dividends in negotiations with Moscow, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar has told Ukrinform. “This approach is not in line with the policy of good neighborly relations and partnership with Ukraine. The steps already taken by Hungary have a certain goal, and, as far as I understand, it is not at all a concern for the rights of Ukrainian Hungarians. Similar statements are in the interests of not even Hungary, but of a certain third party, which has long tried to block our movement along the European and Euro-Atlantic way. It can be assumed that they are trying to use such an approach to receive certain dividends from a third party, that is from Moscow, in negotiations that are of interest to Hungary,” he said. Bodnar added that this, of course, is a potential threat to Ukraine. In this context, he recalled that after the June meeting of the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Hungary, the Hungarian side blocked a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the highest level, appointed an authorized person responsible for the development of Zakarpattia region, and then a video emerged with the distribution of Hungarian passports to Ukrainians with a recommendation to conceal this fact from the Ukrainian authorities. “This is not a coincidence. Moreover, the agreements reached between the ministers during the telephone conversation [on August 31 concerning the change of the name of the envoy for ‘Zakarpattia region’] are not being implemented. So now we have a question as to how we can reach agreement with the Hungarian issue,” the deputy minister said. He noted that Ukraine, unfortunately, faces Hungary’s unwillingness to cooperate. Instead, the Hungarian side is trying to use the methods of blackmail. On the other hand, the requirements of the Venice Commission regarding the language clause of Ukraine’s law on education, in particular with regard to the extension of the transition period, are gradually being fulfilled. Commenting on the “passport” scandal, Bodnar noted that Budapest’s reaction shows that Hungary is aware of the illegality of these actions. “They are beginning to threaten us with further aggravation only because we pay attention to the violation by Hungarian consuls of the legislation of our state and their possible responsibility – it’s not about expulsion or not expulsion, but about solving this problem in general. This means that they feel the inevitability of this responsibility and the fact that it was done illegally, in violation of Ukrainian legislation and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” he said. He noted that there are “many nuances” in Hungary’s actions as a foreign state interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs so they must get the final legal qualification and a respective decision of Ukraine. When asked about possible concrete steps that Hungary may take to slow Ukraine’s integration into Europe, Bodnar noted that it is not clear how the Hungarian side will behave in addressing specific issues concerning Ukraine. “Anything can be expected here. We do not know that the Hungarian side will want to restrain or block something, because the level of relations with the European Union is broad – from a political dialogue to a free trade area, that is, a large set of issues,” Bodnar said. He stressed that the Ukrainian side would not be watching Hungary’s interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs. “Of course, we will defend our position. We will appeal accordingly through our embassies, we will explain through the direct contacts of the minister, the head of state will speak at the UN, and my colleagues and I will have contacts,” he said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated in an interview with Radio NV that Transcarpathia is a high-risk region in terms of hybrid …
Viktor Orban, the prime minister of an EU member state, has gone too far, having provoked a sharp response from the union’s leadership. The reason is violations of European standards and procedures. Orban’s destructive actions with regard to the EU offer a different angle at Budapest’s clearly non-European policy towards Ukraine. However, in this case, there is no leverage against Hungary available. Therefore Kyiv will have to deal with Orban’s cunning anti-Ukrainian policy on its own.
What happens if you breed a hedgehog and a snake? Two meters of barbed wire. And if you “breed” the two events held recently – the Forum on violation of rights of national minorities in Ukraine and the Forum of Left Forces, you’ll get yet another anti-Ukrainian coven organized by Hungarian politicians for Russian money and aimed at undermining Ukraine. It involved even more freaks – and this time, they were from Ukraine.
If Ukraine expels the Hungarian consul, Budapest will give a proportionate response, although this could hopefully be avoided, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. Speaking to journalists before leaving for a UN General Assembly session in New York, Szijjarto confirmed that he planned to meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in the United States, the Hungarian publication Origo said. Anti-Hungarian sentiments have lately been growing in Ukraine, which could be attributed to upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in that country, Szijjarto said.
Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that if Ukraine expels the Hungarian consul to Berehove, Budapest will expel a Ukrainian diplomat of the same rank. He said it before his flight to New York, where he is to participate in the session of the UN General Assembly, as Origo reports. The Minister noted that if Kyiv expels the consul after the scandal with the passports issuance in Berehove, Budapest will have to do the same. He also thinks that recently, anti-Hungarian vibes increased before the elections in Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine violates “the main rules of diplomacy”.
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Heorhiy Tuka has said that Ukraine must stop playing with the Hungarian authorities that brutally disregard Ukrainian laws. Tuka wrote this on his Facebook page. “Should we expel the [Hungarian] consul? Are there any doubts? The diplomat roughly violates the rules of conduct and must be punished for that. It’s time to stop playing with the Hungarian authorities that brutally disregard Ukrainian laws in public,” he wrote. According to Tuka, being aware of the violation of the law, the Hungarian authorities did not apologize and did not suggest finding a way for understanding. “In fact, the Hungarian authorities began to blackmail Ukraine. The reaction to the actions of a blackmailer must be unequivocal – all diplomatic institutions operating in Ukraine must comply with Ukrainian legislation,” he said. He also expressed confidence that the Verkhovna Rada is obliged to adopt a legitimate mechanism for responding to the cases of dual citizenship in Ukraine. “Hushing up this fact leads only to a deterioration of the situation,” Tuka said. Earlier, Ukrinform published a video showing how Hungarian passports are issued to citizens of Ukraine at the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region. The procedure was accompanied by a glass of champagne in honor of receiving a second citizenship and instructions for Ukrainians to conceal the fact of obtaining Hungarian citizenship from the Ukrainian authorities.
Residents of Zakarpattia region who received passports with Hungarian citizenship have been included in Ukraine’s Myrotvorets database, which lists individuals who pose a threat to the country’s security. The first five violators of the Constitution and the Law of Ukraine on citizenship have been recorded in the ‘Purgatory’ section.
Hungarian Government amid the exacerbation of relations with Ukraine didn’t fulfill the agreement about the change of scandalous title of “Commissioner for Zakarpattia”. Vasyl Bondar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs claimed this, Ukrinform reports. Bondar having commented the exacerbation of relations of Ukraine and Budapest pointed out that Hungary didn’t fulfill the main agreement about the change of conflict title of the official responsible for the help Hungarians in Zakarpattia region.