Hungary urges EU countries to impose sanctions against Ukraine

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that Budapest would require the introduction of sanctions against Ukraine if the new law on education, in particular the article on the teaching language, will not be abolished.

The website of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry hosted the wording.

"We will fight to the utterance for the abolition of this law in Ukraine... There cannot be any compromise in this matter," Szijjártó said.

According to him, the fate of Hungarians abroad is not a subject of bargaining for Hungary, and therefore Ukraine should withdraw the law on education, which, according to the Foreign Minister, infringes the rights of national minorities.

He again stated that this law violated the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Thus, it (the Agreement - ed.) provides for the strengthening of the national minorities' rights, Szijjártó reminds. Hungary is to initiate a procedure for reviewing this agreement at the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on October 16. He will also seek to increase international pressure on Kiev.

Earlier, Hungary promised that it would block and vet any step aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union, the reason for this was the adoption of the law on education.

And MEP Rebecca Harms told about the disappointment of Western politicians because of the signing by the President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko of the law on education. Particularly she was surprised by the fact of signing the law after the deputies of the EP and the Verkhovna Rada last week agreed to await the opinion of the Venice Commission on the document.

DONi News Agency