Hungarian authorities must abstain from traveling to Zakarpattia before elections – Ukraine’s MFA

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine considers the participation of Hungarian officials in campaign events before the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada as clear signs of meddling in Ukraine’s domestic political life.

At the meeting with Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine István Íjgyártó in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yegor Bozhok expressed concern about the recent actions of the Hungarian authorities, which have signs of meddling in Ukraine’s domestic political life.

“The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine learned with surprise that, despite the relevant recommendation of the Ukrainian side, on July 15, 2019, in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, using the diplomatic passport, head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás, arrived with an informal visit for participation in a public event in Uzhgorod district,” in the ministry.

“We consider such actions of the Hungarian side as violation of the diplomatic canons and the spirit of good-neighborliness. The Ukrainian side reserves the right to take steps to prevent Hungary’s interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.

“In view of the great public outcry that aroused by above-mentioned actions in Ukrainian society, the Hungarian authorities have been strongly recommended, before the end of the electoral process, to refrain from further travel to Transcarpathia and other measures that can be considered as campaigning,” Ukrainian diplomats emphasize.

Read more: Hungarian Foreign Minister to visit Zakarpattia, Ukraine.

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