The Hungarian government’s State Secretary for National Policy was refused entry to Ukraine on Thursday. Árpád Potápi was scheduled to arrive for the opening ceremony of a renovated school in Ungvár (Uzhhorod).
Potápi would have represented the Hungarian state that financed the refurbishment works.
He was eventually replaced by consul general László Kuti, who noted that he shouldn’t be the one to make the greeting “unfortunately however, a few hundred kilometers away it was decided that the entry of a Hungarian government delegation poses the biggest threat to Ukraine’s epidemiological situation.”
He also highlighted that the Hungarian state invests a total of HUF 12 billion (EUR 33.4 million) for the renovation program of 64 Hungarian basis schools in Transcarpathia.
László Brenzovics, head of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ), called it “bad news” that the relations between Hungary and Ukraine were not improving. In his view, this is the reason why Potápi’s entry was denied. He also noted that the program, supervised by Potápi, is also beneficial for Ukraine. He said the decision is “beyond comprehension,” which wouldn’t help the improvement of the relations that are “extremely important” for the future.
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