Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Kiev massively mobilizes Hungarians from Transcarpathia by brutal methods
BUDAPEST, April 4 – RIA Novosti. Representatives of the Ukrainian authorities did not give a clear answer to the accusations of repression against the Transcarpathian Hungarians for eight and a half years, and now “very” many, sometimes “very crude means” are mobilized into Ukrainian troops. ‘ said Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto.
“Many of the Hungarians in Transcarpathia have been mobilized into the Ukrainian army. In some cases we have seen the mobilization done in very crude ways. And of course a significant part of the Hungarian national community is sent to the front. and many of them sadly die,” Szijjártó said after the first day of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting. to reporters The performance was broadcast on Facebook*.
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According to him, at the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as the foreign ministers of Croatia, Canada, Greece and Turkey, spoke about the importance of respecting minority rights.
“I did not receive a response from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, he did not speak again at the end of the meeting. But it cannot be an illusion because I asked this question in all formats in which representatives of the Ukrainian authorities participated directly and raised these issues, but no concrete answer did not come, which is not surprising to me, because the last In 8.5 years, I have talked about this issue many times with Ukrainian foreign ministers, European ministers, education ministers, their deputies, Szijjártó said, “The prime ministers that the Hungarians’ rights should be restored – always just empty promises and the situation has only gotten worse.”
The head of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier that, on the initiative of Hungary and Romania, the Council of Europe has decided to apply to the Venice Commission on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, hoping that Budapest will have to comply with the decision of Kiev. . Szijjarto has also previously stated that many Ukrainian government agencies are willing to pay Transcarpathian Hungarians $850 per year to send their children to Ukrainian language courses, a move that Budapest finds unacceptable.
Earlier, the Ukrainian language ombudsman Taras Kremin said that in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, in schools where many Hungarians live, problems were identified in the organization of education in the Ukrainian language. According to local media reports, Hungarian flags were removed from public institutions and local villages in the city of Mukachevo, and several heads of Hungarian institutions close to the Transcarpathia Hungarian Cultural Association were dismissed. Tamas Menzer, State Secretary for Bilateral Relations at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the repression of the Hungarian national minority in Transcarpathia, Ukraine as unacceptable.
In October 2022, the authorities of the city of Mukachevo in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine dismantled the Hungarian tourul eagle from the Palanok fortress and replaced it with a Ukrainian trident.
Tensions in relations between Ukraine and Hungary arose against the background of discussions about the Ukrainian education law, which significantly reduced the possibility of education in the languages u200bu200bof national minorities. The law came into effect on September 28, 2017, and would come into effect gradually by the end of 2020. Szijjártó said Hungary will continue to block the Ukraine-NATO commission ministerial meeting because there has been no progress in resolving the issues concerning Budapest.
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