Poland proposes to change format of Ukraine-NATO meetings to avoid Hungary’s blocking vote

Ukrinform reports that Jacek Czaputowicz, The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, has proposed to change the format of the meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in order to bypass Hungary's veto for holding formal meetings.

In Czaputowicz’s opinion, it is necessary to find an opportunity for holding "less formal" meetings between Kyiv and Brussels.

"Perhaps we will find a way out, another, less formal format, so that Ukrainians can participate in this discussion," Czaputowicz said.

On April 23, Hungary blocked a Ukraine-NATO Commission ministerial meeting for the third time, thus expressing its grievance against the language clause of the Ukrainian Law on Education.

In October 2017, Budapest vetoed a convocation of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which had been scheduled for December 6. Putting pressure on Ukraine, the Hungarian authorities demanded a revision of the language standards of the Law on Education.

On March 20, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced his intention to block the participation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the NATO summit, which is to be held in Brussels in July 2018.

  NATO-Ukraine Commission, Hungary