Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summons Hungarian Ambassador over Foreign Minister's statements

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yegor Bozhok summoned Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Iydyarto after the comments of the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, reports Evropeyskaya Pravda news outlet.

"I have invited the Ambassador Iydyarto and asked him to explain the commentaries of Hungarian Minister Szijjártó at the Conference on reforms in Ukraine, which took place in Toronto. He stressed the need to apply a new approach in the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations that focuses on the future," wrote Bozhok in his Twitter.

Szijjártó, during his visit to Canada, stated that the previous President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko carried out "anti-Hungarian" policy. The laws on education and language that were adopted during his presidency violated the rights of the Hungarian community, he said.

Hungarian Foreign Minister also added that now, after the election of a new President, there is hope that Ukraine will not continue its anti-Hungarian policy and that the statements of Volodymyr Zelensky "have been encouraging so far."

Szijjártó stressed that the question is whether Zelensky will be able to ensure that the laws are amended "to return the rights of the Hungarian community" after the parliamentary elections.

"If this happens, Hungary will support the convening of a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Committee," said the Hungarian Foreign Minister.

Hungary is also ready to implement a comprehensive plan for economic cooperation with Ukraine, in particular, the program of assistance of 50 million euros, which supports the construction of roads in the province of Zakarpattia, Szijjártó said.

Hungary is also ready to continue the work of joint committees on the economy and environmental protection, as well as to continue its program of economic development of Zakarpattia.

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