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Jobbik calls on FM to summon ambassador over Russian textbook

Opposition Jobbik-Conservatives has called on Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto to summon Russia's ambassador over a textbook recently published in Russia, in which Hungary's 1956 anti-Soviet revolution is described as a "fascist revolt".

Jobbik deputy group leader Koloman Brenner also called on the minister to protest in a memorandum against the textbook, stating that it “echoes the ideology of communist Soviet Union”.

Brenner said the government would need to take “serious steps of distancing itself” from the textbook. This could “at last restore the equilibrium of Hungary’s foreign policy”, he added.

Brenner noted that in 2016, when the Russian side referred to developments in 1956 as a “pogrom”, Szijjarto summoned the Russian ambassador.

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