On November 12, before the start of the Regional Development Council in Kyiv, the head of the Zakarpattia (Transcarpathian) Regional State Administration, Gennady Moskal, stated that Budapest has postponed the issuance of its passports to residents of Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia) from Berehove to the neighboring Hungarian city of Kisvárda in eastern Hungary, UNIAN reports.
“Nothing has changed. Well, they moved the issuance of passports to the neighboring Hungarian city of Kisvarda. People can take the train, which takes 7 minutes, and they are already in Kisvarda to get their citizenship there,” said Moskal.
The head of the Regional State Administration noted that dual citizenship "does not affect" the economy of the region.
In September, a video appeared on the internet, in which Ukrainians are granted Hungarian citizenship with a request not to inform the authorities about this. In this video, people read the oath of the Hungarian citizenship with the Hungarian flag in the background. Then the Hungarian diplomat urged them to hide the fact of obtaining Hungarian citizenship from Ukraine’s state authorities.
On October 4, the Hungarian consul in Berehove was declared persona non grata, and in response, Hungary announced the expulsion of the Ukrainian consul.
On October 25, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that Ukraine and Hungary would hold comprehensive consular consultations in Kyiv on November 28, in connection with the issuance of Hungarian passports to residents of Zakarpattia (Transcarpathia).