Czaputowicz called upon to resolve a dispute between Ukraine and Hungary

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Disputes between Ukraine and Hungary, which affect Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO should be allowed. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz at the opening ceremony of the NATO parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw on 26 may, the news Agency PAP.

Czaputowicz stated that he had discussed the matter with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siyyarto, and a few days to talk with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.

The head of Polish diplomacy believes that between Ukraine and Hungary, there was “a family dispute”, and suggested that the useful could be a “third party”, for example, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Czaputowicz convinced that Stoltenberg “there are some tools to clarify this issue.”

Relations between Ukraine and Hungary deteriorated after accepted 5 September 2017 on second reading and in whole the law “On education”, which expanded the use of the Ukrainian language in education. Hungary expressed concern about the future of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.

On September 26 in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Hungary warned that they will block any further rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU because of the law “On education”.

October 27, Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary péter Szijjártó said that Budapest has opposed the Commission’s meeting on 6 December 2017 in Brussels.

7 February 2018, Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasily Bodnar after a meeting in Uzhgorod with Deputy Minister of foreign economy and foreign Affairs of Hungary Levente Moder said that Kiev and Budapest have agreed on the key points regarding the settlement of the language issue.

February 8 at the Hungarian foreign Ministry denied the information about reaching agreements with Ukraine on linguistic norms of the law “On education”.

On April 27 at the headquarters of NATO held a meeting of the Alliance on the level of foreign Ministers of the allies. The Ukrainian party planned to hold the meeting of the meeting of the Commission Ukraine – NATO. The initiative of Ukraine was supported by all the allies, including the international Secretariat of the Alliance. Hungary vetoed it.

25 may it became known that the Hungarian government has written to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the governments of the countries – members of the Alliance a document entitled: “Memorandum: the Initiative to create a new NATO policy towards Ukraine”.

Thus Hungary is trying to persuade allies and the Alliance that the West should change approaches to cooperation with Ukraine, primarily in the framework of NATO.

Representatives of Lithuania and Canada on may 26, said that Hungary should not block cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, and to solve their problems with Kiev differently.