Szijjarto meets Ukraine counterpart in Brussels
Szijjarto said that whereas a meeting in person with Kuleba had not taken place since the outbreak of the war, they had kept in regular contact with the aim of improving Hungary-Ukraine ties.
Referring to the restriction of the rights of the Hungarian national minority in Ukraine, Szijjarto said “this cast a shadow on bilateral relations”, adding that Hungary demanded the restoration of conditions pertaining in 2015.
He noted that Ukraine’s EU ambitions were discussed. “For us this isn’t a tactical issue but a decision of historic proportions regarding the future of the entire European Union,” he said.
The minister said the European Commission had no clue what effect Ukraine’s EU membership would have on the bloc. ‘It’s enough to think back to the intractable problems the Commission’s decision on grain transit and Ukraine scrapping the licensing requirement for lorries,” he said.
Szijjarto added, moreover, that the Commission had not prepared the ground for ensuring that Ukraine pursued mutually beneficial accession talks.