Budapest, August 11 (MTI) – The foreign ministry has summoned Romania’s ambassador to Hungary over remarks Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta made in a television interview on Monday.
In the interview, Ponta said Hungary was trying to “provoke” Romania. He said Hungary was subject to regular criticism from the European Union and the United States for what he insisted was the rise of anti-Semitism, revisionism, ties to Russia and the construction of a border fence to keep illegal migrants out. “They then made an attempt to drag Romania into the row,” Ponta said. The prime minister said he does not want to be dragged into “this game”.
Ponta was referring to earlier statements made by Hungarian Ambassador Botond Zakonyi on Hungarian-Romanian relations. Zakonyi said bilateral relations depended in part on cooperation on infrastructure projects, but the Romanian side “is failing to demonstrate sufficient goodwill” in this area.
Foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar has asked Romanian Ambassador Victor Micula to explain Ponta’s “unacceptable accusations”. Magyar said Ponta’s remarks indicated that he was trying to use “anti-Hungarian agitation to cover up … the political crisis in his country”.
He said the Romanian government’s recent “outbursts” about Hungary relations were proving detrimental to bilateral relations. The Hungarian government asks that Romanian officials refrain from making such comments in the future, Magyar added.