The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the increasing row between Ukraine and Hungary, which pits the US backed 'Maidan coup' government of Petro Poroshenko against the 'Brussels defiant' government of Hungarian leader Viktor Orban.
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The Ukraine regime has decided that one conflict in the east of the country in not enough, decided to now stir up tensions in the west of the country by expelling a Hungarian consul accused of carrying out “activities incompatible” with the consulate’s status.
Kiev’s foreign ministry declared the diplomat leading the consulate in the small town of Berehove, “persona non grata”, giving the diplomat 72 hours to leave the country after being accused of illegally issuing passports to ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. In hidden camera footage posted to YouTube in September, Hungarian consular staff in Berehove are shown distributing Hungarian citizenship documents.
Kiev's foreign ministry said in a statement...
“He was given a note stating that, in accordance with Article 23 of the Wien Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, in connection with activities incompatible with the status of a consular officer, the Consul of the Consulate of Hungary in the city of Berehove should leave the territory of Ukraine during the next 72 hours.
We hope that the Hungarian side will refrain from any unfriendly steps towards Ukraine in the future, and that its officials will not violate Ukrainian legislation.
We consider Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian origin as a unifying factor in relations between the two states and call on our Hungarian partners to keep a similar behaviour.”
Berehove, a city near the Hungarian border, is located within the Zakarpattya region, where close to 200,000 ethnic Hungarians live. In response to the expulsion, Hungary has promised to block Kiev's aspirations to join the European Union and NATO. Prior to World War II this region was not considered part of then-Soviet Ukraine.
The Express UK reports, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto accused Kiev of “constantly” violating the rights of the Hungarians living in the country.
Speaking during a visit to Moscow, Mr Szijjarto added: "A much bigger problem is that the law on education Ukraine had passed, which violates the rights of the Hungarian ethnic minority, has not been amended to date.
“Despite the fact that we are interested in good-neighbourly relations with Kiev, Ukraine’s president and government reduced to zero good contacts between our country and Ukraine.”
Mr Szijjarto referred to Ukraine’s move agreed last year to force teachers to use only Ukrainian in secondary schools.
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