Hungarian Foreign Minister critiques European policy ideas on Ukraine

Péter Szijjártó
Péter Szijjártó

European politicians are coming up with "increasingly crazy" ideas about Ukraine, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook on May 27.

His comments came ahead of the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting on May 27.

"European politicians are coming up with more and more wild ideas: sending troops to Ukraine, shooting down Russian missiles, and even discussions about nuclear war and European conscription," Szijjártó remarked, questioning what further "wild ideas" might emerge during the upcoming council meeting.

Tensions and Talks in Ukrainian-Hungarian Relations

Relations between Hungary and Ukraine have been tense, particularly over issues of minority rights in the Zakarpattya Oblast. During a January 11 visit to Uzhhorod, Szijjártó, alongside Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and the head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak, engaged in talks that lasted over six hours. The discussions concluded with an agreement to address minority rights, with a special commission set to outline unresolved issues within ten days.

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Szijjártó has been vocal about Ukraine's alleged infringements on the rights of Hungarian minorities, stating that Hungary would block Ukraine-NATO cooperation until these issues are resolved. In contrast, on November 7, 2023, Kuleba emphasized that Hungary "fundamentally promotes the issue of national minorities" in its policies.

Further, interactions between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban have been limited. Zelenskyy reported on December 19 that he had never discussed a ceasefire or negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin with Orban. However, following a brief interaction at the inauguration of Argentina's President Javier Milei on December 10, Orban revealed on December 21 that he had accepted an invitation from Zelenskyy for talks, noting, "I told him that I would be at his service. We only need to clarify one question: about what."

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