Szijjártó: Hungary Will Retaliate In Kind If Ukraine Expels Consul
Miklós Halász-Szabó 2018.09.26.
If the Ukrainian government moves to expel the Hungarian consul in Beregszász (Berehove), Hungary will retaliate by expelling a Ukrainian one, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in New York on Wednesday.
Last week Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said he would not rule out expelling the Hungarian consul from the country after hidden camera footage showing the diplomat conducting a Hungarian citizenship oath-taking ceremony for Ukrainian citizens at the consulate appeared online. Szijjártó reacted by condemning what he called “the Ukrainian leadership’s attempt to intimidate the ethnic Hungarian community in Transcarpathia”.
Everything that happened at the Beregszász consulate concerning the citizenship oath-taking ceremony is in line with Hungarian and international law, Szijjártó said in connection with his talks with Klimkin on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly session.
Hungary’s government will stick to its policy of blocking Ukraine’s aspirations of European or Euro-Atlantic integration until it changes its “policy of inciting hatred towards Hungarians”, the minister said.
Szijjártó said that as long as Ukraine’s incumbent president was in office, the country’s policy of “state-led anti-Hungarian agitation” would not change, insisting that the president believes it to be a means to boosting his popularity.