Contents tagged with Hungary

  • Hungary may oppose EU arms embargo on Belarus

    EU ambassadors will soon discuss the extension of the embargo on selling weapons to Belarus. The matter has been reviewed annually since 2011, and requires the consent of all 28 EU member-states.

    However, this year there is reason to believe that the extension of the embargo may be blocked by Hungary, which has already exempt biathlon rifles and other sport weapons from the embargo.

    Diplomatic sources told Radio Liberty that Hungary has already warned that, before supporting the arms embargo, …

  • Putin promises Vucic $1.4 billion to help extend TurkStream pipeline through Serbia

    Russia is ready to invest $1.4 billion into Serbia’s economy in order to construct the TurkStream gas pipeline through the country, RBC news agency reports. 

    “We are ready to invest the necessary resources, which are approximately $ 1.4 billion,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference with his Serbian colleague, Aleksandar Vucic. Putin added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has supported the idea to extend the pipeline to Europe. 

    Earlier, in an interview with …

  • Budapest opens Ukrainian language courses for Hungarians in Transcarpathia

    According to Istvan Grezsa, the Ministerial Commissioner for cooperation of the border regions of Hungary and Ukraine, the Hungarian government is opening Ukrainian language courses in the city of Berehove, in Transcarpathia, for local Hungarians. The news outlet European Pravda reported that Grezsa emphasized that the courses would be free, and that the purpose of the project is to reduce tensions between the two countries.

    "Given the state of the relations that has developed between our …

  • The USA calls on Hungary to support Ukraine

    The United States urged Hungary to restore relations with Ukraine and not to try to block cooperation between Kyiv and NATO, stating “if Ukraine fails, Hungary will be at the front line of Russian aggression,” the Voice of America reported.

    US Ambassador in Budapest David Kornstein told the Parliament Committee that Hungary can do more for “establishing priority alliances” while Russia again poses a threat to Ukraine and Europe. “Now more than ever, Russia is testing the West,” Kornstein noted …

  • Hungary stops issuing passports to Ukrainians in Zakarpattia

    The Hungarian consulate in Ukraine has stopped and will not resume the practice of issuing Hungarian citizenship to Ukrainian citizens inside its consulates in Zakarpattia and in Kyiv,said  Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in response to a question he was asked in Milan about the outcome of the negotiations with Hungary.

    Last week in Kyiv, Ukraine and Hungary held consular consultations, and their foreign ministers met in Milan on December 6. Klimkin confirmed that at these meetings, …

  • Klimkin: Hungary intends to improve relations with Ukraine

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated after the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels that Ukraine and Hungary are improving relationships, and that Budapest assures it is determined to make further progress.

    “I believe that we are on an upward trajectory after this week’s consultations but there are serious questions for further discussion. We understand what we can do, and our Hungarian colleagues have realized that we have a consistent position: on the one hand we will defend our …

  • Hungary refuses to extradite suspected Russian arms dealers to US

    Hungary refused to extradite to the US two Russian citizens suspected of arms dealing, the US State Department reported on Tuesday.

    The Russians in question are Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and Vladimir Lyubishin Jr., who were sent by Hungary back to Russia, where it is “unclear if they will face trial”.

    “The United States is disappointed in the Hungarian government’s decision to extradite the Lyubishins to Russia,” the State Department spokesperson said, emphasizing that the decision is at odds …

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: issuing Hungarian passports to Ukrainians in Zakarpattia is legal

    Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, expressed confidence that the issuance of Hungarian passports to citizens of Ukraine in the Zakarpattia's (Transcarpathian) region is not a violation of the Ukrainian legislation.

    In an interview with Deutsche Welle, published on Thursday, November 22, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry stated that "according to Hungarian law, Hungarians who live in Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia), have the right to dual citizenship. If you look at Ukrainian …

  • Monument to victims of Holodomor opened in Hungary

    On Friday, November 16th Ukrainian ambassador to Hungary Liuba Nepop wrote on her Facebook page that in Hungary in the city of Szeged a monument to those who died during Holodomor (man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932) was opened.

    Nepop noted that the deep symbolic meaning both Hungarian and Ukrainian representative took part the grand opening.

    "For me personally it is deeply symbolic that in today 's momentous opening in Szeged remembering those who died in Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-33, …

  • Poland asks Hungary not to interfere with Ukraine's integration to NATO

    Poland does not agree with Hungary raising the issues it has with Ukraine to the level of cooperation within NATO, said the Polish Ambassador to Ukraine, Jan Pieklo.

    “Poland supports Ukraine joining the European Union and NATO. We do not want bilateral issues to be brought to the global level of strategic cooperation within NATO,” he said when asked about the Polish assessment of Hungary’s countering Ukraine’s cooperation with the alliance. The diplomat also added that his statements were not …