The NATO Secretary-General said that he would convene the NATO-Ukraine Committee for the first time in four years. The decision was made despite the fact that Hungary does not support it. Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian foreign minister, said that the pressure on the government is enormous.
NATO-Ukraine Committee will hold a meeting
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he would call a high-level meeting of the military organisation’s main forum for cooperation with Ukraine next month despite objections from Hungary, ABC News reports.
Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said that the Hungarian government is under enormous pressure, Index reports. The reason is Ukraine’s progress towards NATO. He cited the rights of national communities, including the Hungarian national community, being continuously curtailed in the neighbouring country since 2015. In addition, the Hungarian government says the language law adopted in 2017 prevents the ethnic minority in Transcarpathia from learning Hungarian.
“I have the mandate to convene it. In respect for the issues that Hungary has raised I have not convened that for some time, but now I will continue to convene the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission,” Stoltenberg said.
He said that the meeting would take place at the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels on 4-5 April. He added that it would not be a one-off event. Stoltenberg also said that Hungary’s concerns would be discussed.
Ukraine’s former foreign minister visits Hungary
Levente Magyar, the deputy foreign minister, on Tuesday met former Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin in Budapest, for talks on the last ten years in Hungary-Ukraine relations, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Ties between Hungary and Ukraine have been burdened by serious disputes surrounding the rights of Ukraine’s ethnic Hungarian minority, the ministry cited Magyar as saying.
Magyar said he and Klimkin had discussed the steps the two countries could take now and in the near future “to restore bilateral relations on a political level to the healthy situation they had been in before the mid-2010s”. “We concluded that there are no insurmountable obstacles preventing this,” Magyar said. The two countries have to settle the issues around the situation of Transcarpathia Hungarians, “which we believe there is every chance to accomplish”, he added.
Magyar said he will pay a visit to Kyiv early next month for talks with partners he expects to take steps concerning this issue. Talks will also touch on the humanitarian assistance Hungary is providing to Ukraine, he added. “We will explore how we can deepen and broaden this activity in the interest of mitigating the effects of the destructive war” and reducing the suffering of the people, Magyar said.
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Source: index.hu, MTI
I am not surprised at all. Only the 5XL dictator, his court of mandarines and a tiny bunch of fanatic squad members can really think that a small insignificant country like Orbanistan does matter or can have a voice in crucial matters. And by insignificant I mean in the world geopolitics.
Good, and I hope this happens more. everyone knows Orban only does what Putin tells him.
By the twisted point of view of some, Hungary will only be relevant to Europe and to the world, when finally the pathetic and pittyful leftist liberal opposition would finally, through any means available, achieve to win an election.
Only so, the international and global interests will be take for granted and fully acomplished, the international (rather internationalist) media would be satisfied, and magically, all criticism would imediatelly cease and any other hungarian people interest or demand, on contrary way to the wish of the main internacional order, would be proptly and swiftly smashed.
The “self inflicted” isolation of Hungary – placed in this PERILOUS position, by the current Prime Minister of Hungary – INTENSIFIES.
Hungary – friendships Russia & China – that we play a role likened to ‘Puppets on a String” – placed in our current DUBIOUS position, financially and economically STRANGULATED – through Orban – continuing the complete dismissal eradication from any relationships with country’s that are Governed under Democracy.
The dismantling of core componentry of Democracy, in a country of just 9.6 million – in an ageing population, that deaths per year continue to outnumber new babies being born – a just few factual reasons, why we are on a path as a country that is a Cataclysmic Disintegration.
Citizens amongst us that continue to support the Orban Government “propaganda” – that we can STAND alone as a country – Mindless.
To hell with the N*Orth A*Atlantic T*errorist O*organization
This Fidesz government has to focus on all the needs of the Hungarian people first, instead of sending huge amounts of money to Ukraine and other foreign countries.
For example, the whole Hungarian health system is collapsing, and Orbán is financing hospitals etc in Syria and Ukraine. Next to the huge amount of Hungarian tax money, all those so-called Ukrainian refugees cost every month. There are still large areas in Ukraine who are safe enough to accommodate this Ukrainians.