Hungary fully stands by Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and this will continue to be a part of Hungary’s foreign policy in the future, too, the foreign minister said.
Hungary also devotes special attention to the 150,000 ethnic Hungarians living in western Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, Péter Szijjártó told a press conference in Budapest. He noted that Ukraine’s parliament has approved imposing martial law in ten of the country’s counties from Wednesday, adding, however, that Transcarpathia was not among them. Szijjártó said it was “always bad news” when martial law is declared in a neighbouring country. Szijjártó noted that when Ukraine began enlisting soldiers due to the conflict in its eastern regions, he held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, who had assured him then that ethnic Hungarians would not be enlisted disproportionately.
Experience shows that the only way out of this “grave situation” is for the signatories of the Minsk agreement to renew and strengthen their cooperation, the minister said. He said this was the only mechanism which provided a chance to settle the conflict between Russia and Ukraine through negotiation, adding that Hungary would provide all the necessary support for such a resolution.