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Hungary will block any attempts of Ukraine’s European integration

Венгрия будет блокировать любые попытки евроинтеграции УкраиныThe reason for that is the signing of the law on education.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siarto stated that his country will block any further decision of the EU rapprochement with Ukraine. This was reported on the website of the Hungarian government.

The reason for the official described the new Ukrainian law “On education”, on Monday signed by President Petro Poroshenko. This law restricts the use of minority languages in schools.

Szijjártó said that the decision Poroshenko “shameful.” The President of Ukraine, said the head of the Hungarian foreign Ministry, declared the desire of his country to be closer to Europe. Meanwhile, the signing of the new law represents a “huge step back”, continued Siarto. In this regard, he concluded, Ukraine “can forget about integrating into Europe”.

“Hungary will block any initiatives beneficial to Ukraine in the international organizations, especially the EU,” – said Siyyarto.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin after the statement of the Hungarian colleagues wrote in his Twitter: “We are working to the Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian origin feel as comfortable as possible in the EU, and Ukraine”. He urged Budapest to dialogue to “remove misunderstandings”.

In turn, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze on his FB page called the reaction of Budapest “unnecessarily emotional” and “short-sighted”. “It’s a pity that is not visible to the willingness of the partners to understand the essence and important details,” said the official.

Klympush-Tsintsadze said that the new law does not violate neither the rights of ethnic minorities nor the international obligations of Ukraine. “In this situation, when the citizens of Ukraine, graduated from public school, can neither read nor write, nor even speak Ukrainian, unacceptable, – said Deputy Prime Minister. – This is not about rights, and about discrimination. These graduates are denied the right to higher education, deprived of opportunities in various fields, and therefore doomed to a marginal position in society”.

The official stressed that Kiev on his own initiative appealed to the Council of Europe with the request on the expert study of the adopted law. She expressed confidence that examination admits the law would comply with all regulations.

According to part 1 of article 7 of the new Ukrainian law “About education” the language of instruction in educational institutions may be the only state language. If representatives of indigenous peoples of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to learn in national languages “along with the state language” during the entire course of schooling, the national minorities are guaranteed the right to education in their own languages only in primary school.

The law has been criticized in a number of EU countries, representatives of the titular Nations in which a significant number live in Ukraine. However, the intensity of criticism was different. Bulgaria, Greece and Poland spoke cautiously, Romania – more sharply. Meanwhile, Hungary welcomed the initiative of Kiev is extremely painful.

A significant number of Hungarians live compactly in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, which belonged to Hungary since the beginning of the X century until 1918, and then in the years 1939-1946. Budapest sees itself as a defender of the rights of these communities.

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