The President of the Republic has signed the consent decision for the appointment of the new Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary, and Katalin Novák has accepted Sandor Fedyir’s (Sándor Fegyir) letter of acceptance.
His predecessor, Ambassador Lyubov Nepop, left Budapest after a number of controversies, in which she had criticized the Hungarian government’s stance on the war in Ukraine, and was in turn accused by some of interfering in the internal affairs of her host country.
Photo: Facebook Fedyir Sándor (3rd R)
The choice for Sandor Fedyir, who has Hungarian roots, is somewhat surprising, but could be interpreted as a goodwill gesture from the part of the government in Kyiv. He is known to have fought on the front-line against the Russian invasion, and being a lecturer, has famously communicated with his students online from the trenches.
The signature of the President of the Republic can be seen as a gesture of sorts, as Katalin Novak signed the declaration despite the fact that in a highly unusual move in international diplomacy, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was reportedly “unavailable” to his counterpart for a long period of time, reported Magyar Nemzet.
As part of the normal procedure, the president’s decision has been sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for ministerial countersignature and will be communicated to the sending state through the usual diplomatic channels.
The Presidential Decision will be made public – i.e. published in the Hungarian Official Gazette – when the new Ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary, Mr. Sandor Fedyir, arrives in Hungary and hands over his credentials to the Hungarian Head of State.
Sandor Fedyir, 48, is a teacher at the National University of Uzhhorod and currently a leader of the Carpathian Dragoons, a unit of the Ukrainian army made up of volunteers of partly Hungarian origin. A professor-turned-soldier, he is also a historian, sociologist, and philosopher, and his father is of Hungarian origin.
By his own admission, although he knows the Hungarian language well, he still has some catching up to do in the “literary language.” Fedyir also proudly claims his Hungarian heritage on his uniform. In an earlier interview, he said that “Hungarians are proud to be Hungarians on the front line, and their motivation is no different from the others.” Ukraine’s new ambassador to Budapest has previously praised the help he received from Hungarians in the war.
The President of the Republic, Katalin Novák, will visit Transcarpathia and Kiev again at the end of the month, as she has agreed to participate in the upcoming Crimea Platform meeting on August 23. It is expected that the Hungarian Head of State will again meet President Zelensky in person. According to an earlier statement from the Alexander Palace, the Hungarian Head of State will celebrate August 20th, Hungary’s national holiday, in Transcarpathia, Western-Ukraine.
At all international forums, such as United Nations (UN) talks and bilateral diplomatic meetings, Novák condemned Russian aggression, called for a just peace between the warring parties as soon as possible, and stood up for the protection of the Hungarian people of Transcarpathia.
Via Magyar Nemzet; Featured Image: Facebook Fedir Sandor