Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv 19:39

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Egor Bozhok drew attention of the Ambassador of Hungary to Budapest’s violations of diplomatic canons and the spirit of good-neighborliness.

15 July, 16:13

At the meeting with Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine István Íjgyártó in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yegor Bozhok expressed concern about the latest actions of the Hungarian authorities, which have clear signs of interference in Ukraine's domestic political life.

The Ukrainian side is concerned about the recent meeting of Prime Minister of Hungary - Viktor Orbán with Head of the Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia, the people's deputy of Ukraine Vasyl Brenzovich in Budapest, a number of visits to the Transcarpathian region by Hungarian officials and promotional public statements by Hungarian “drivers” in support of a number of candidates for the snap elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on July 21, 2019.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine learned with surprise that, despite the relevant recommendation of the Ukrainian side, on July 15, 2019, in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, using the diplomatic passport, head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office - Gergely Gulyás, arrived with an informal visit for participation in a public event in Uzhhorod district.

We consider such actions of the Hungarian side as violation of the diplomatic canons and the spirit of good-neighborliness. The Ukrainian side reserves the right to take steps to prevent Hungary's interference in Ukraine's internal affairs.

In view of the great public outcry that aroused by above-mentioned actions in Ukrainian society, the Hungarian authorities have been strongly recommended, before the end of the electoral process, to refrain from further travel to Transcarpathia and other measures that can be considered as agitation.

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