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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY KEEPING KYIV EMBASSY OPEN

 

Hungary is keeping its embassy in Kyiv open, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said ahead of a meeting with his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. Szijjártó said he had consulted by phone with István Íjgyártó, Hungary’s ambassador to Ukraine, who said there were four blasts heard in the capital in the early hours. The ambassador and all of the embassy’s staff members are safe, Szijjártó said, adding that the embassy building had not been hit. Mobile phone service and power sometimes cut out for a few hours, but the conditions to operate the embassy are basically in place, so a decision has been made to keep the embassy open, the minister said. “If any Hungarian citizen gets into trouble in Kyiv, we will help them,” Szijjártó said, adding that the embassy has procured the technical equipment needed to stay open. It has also stocked up on food and procured portable beds in case it has to provide accommodation for people in trouble, he said. Szijjártó said he has asked the ambassador to immediately notify him of any “dramatic changes in the circumstances” so that decisions regarding the embassy can be changed in the interest of the ambassador and the staff’s safety.