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Ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine face constant intimidation, Foreign Minister P茅ter Szijj谩rt贸 said on Facebook after meeting with his OSCE counterparts on Thursday.

The minister noted that on Monday Ukraine’s secret service raided the headquarters of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association, as well as the home of its president, L谩szl贸 Brenzovics, and the Ferenc R谩k贸czi II Hungarian College of Transcarpathia in Berehove (Beregszasz). The offices of the organisation in charge of the Hungarian government’s economic development scheme for the ethnic Hungarian community was also raided.

Szijj谩rt贸 slammed the raids by “aggressive commandos” as “unacceptable”.

“This is essentially an old Soviet-style communist intimidation tactic,” Szijj谩rt贸 said. The “constant pressuring” of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine, he said, had now become a policy of the central government.

The minister noted that he had asked Albania, which holds the OSCE’s rotating presidency, to dispatch a team of observers to Transcarpathia to monitor the treatment of ethnic Hungarians there. Though the team was sent out, the Kiev head of the special monitoring mission in the country prohibited its members from reaching out to the Hungarian community. All they were allowed to do, Szijj谩rt贸 said, was speak to the Ukrainian secret services.

“This is unacceptable, outrageous and scandalous,” he said. “It goes against the goals and principles of the OSCE as well as the decision which led to the establishment of the special monitoring mission to which Hungary also contributes twenty members and financial resources.”

Szijj谩rt贸 asked Albania’s prime minister to take steps to allow the OSCE mission to contact representatives of the ethnic Hungarian community.

The minister said he also expected NATO member states to express solidarity with Hungary. Hungary will continue to block Ukraine’s aspirations to join the alliance as long as the country treats the Hungarian community in such a manner, he added.

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Source: MTI

  1. Is Ukraine still a country, anyone running it? Seems like whoever they vote in, the country just continues down the toilet.. No wonder why no-body, including the east half of the country would ever trust them. Putin needs to warm up the commandoes and take out the oligarths destroying that part of the world. It’s for sure the Biden camp won’t, just get payouts and encourage it.

  2. I doubt whether even Putin would further invade Ukraine just to satisfy the interests of a few Ukrainians whose grandparents or more likely, great grandparents were born in the country pre Trianon when that part was still Hungary.

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