Hungary intends to expel the Ukrainian consul if the Hungarian consul is expelled from Berehove in Zakarpattia Oblast, stated the press service for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“If the Ukrainian government decides to expel the Hungarian consul from Berehove, than Hungary will immediately expel the Ukrainian consul from the country,” the message reads.
A similar statement was made at the 73rd session of The United Nations General Assembly by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.
Szijjártó noted that everything that happened in the Hungarian consulate in Berehove, and in every Hungarian representation in Ukraine regarding granting Hungarian citizenship fully corresponds to Hungarian and international law.
Earlier it was reported, that in a meeting, the Ukrainian and Hungarian foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin and Peter Szijjártó were not able to come to an agreement on key issues to solve the problem of Hungarian passports being issued to Ukrainian citizens secretly.
The relationship between Ukraine and Hungary once again worsened after a video was found on the internet showing residents of Zakarpattia receiving Hungarian passports. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin threatened to expel the Hungarian consul if the video proved to be true.
Hungary viewed Ukraine’s intention to expel the consul from Berehove in Zakarpattia Oblast as an unfriendly and risky move.
Hungary also promises to take measures to slow the European integration of Ukraine in connection with the aforementioned conflict.