Ukraine’s ambassador in Budapest was summoned to the foreign ministry on Tuesday after Hungary’s ministerial commissioner István Grezsa had been denied entry to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.

Szijjártó said on Facebook that he had informed the ambassador about Hungary’s objections and handed over a note of protest.

“It came like a bolt from the blue” that Grezsa, the ministerial commissioner in charge of cooperation between Hungary’s Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County and Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, also in charge of coordinating a kindergarten development scheme for the Carpathian Basin, had been denied entry to Ukraine and was told that he was banned to enter the neighbouring country for three years, Szijjártó said.

The Hungarian foreign minister added that at talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba two and a half weeks ago, they agreed to leave behind tensions that had developed during Ukraine’s local elections and focus on “positive issues that could form the foundations for a joint success story.”

Banning Grezsa from Ukraine goes against developing friendship and seeking joint success, Szijjártó said.

He said this was regrettable considering that the Hungarian government was always working towards good neighbourly relations with Ukraine because good relations between the two countries is also best for Transcarpathian Hungarians.

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Source: MTI

  1. When people (governments) meddle in other country’s affairs, there is usually a backlash. The Hungarian government complains about other EU member states ‘meddling’ in Hungarian affairs but then proceeds to do the same (if not more) in the Ukraine and Romania. That is hypocrisy. They are sovereign states and Hungary should respect that.

  2. @Thetruthhurts.
    Why don’t you read and learn about their history?
    The Soviets “liberated” that part of the world which was Hungary for a thousand years and the Soviets passed on to Ukraine.
    That part of the world including Transylvania belongs to the people who live there and not to Ukraine and Romania.
    Following that, have you ever heard of Trianon?

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