Hungary refuses to support Ukraine because of new education act

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó instructed Hungarian diplomats not to support any Ukrainian initiative in international organizations after the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) approved a new law "On Education", which infringes on the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. This was reported by the Ukrainian website of Radio Svoboda referring to the press secretary of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Tamas Menczer.

"According to Péter Szijjártó's personal instruction, Hungarian diplomacy will prevent Ukraine from realizing important international affairs," Menczer said.

According to him, Szijjártó intends to personally inform that he considers the new Ukrainian law "shame and disgrace". 

"Budapest will insist at all forums of the UN, OSCE and the European Union on Ukraine making amendments to the language clause of the law of Ukraine "On Education," Menczer added.

The ambassador of Ukraine to Hungary, Lyubov Nepop, was called on Monday for explanations on the matter to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.

On September 5, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law "On Education". Its new edition provides that from 2018 classes with teaching subjects in the languages of national minorities will remain only in primary school. Training in secondary schools and higher education institutions will take place exclusively in the Ukrainian language. Concern for the new law apart from Hungary was expressed in Romania, while Poland promised to monitor the application of its provisions.

DONi News Agency