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Foreign minister responds to Siarto's statement on revision of EU association accord

"I plan to address all issues in Budapest on 12 October."

Foreign minister responds to Siarto's statement on revision of EU association accord
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin
Photo: Photo: EPA / UPG

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says he is surprised by the initiative of his Hungarian counterpart Peter Siarto on the revision of the Agreement on the Association of Ukraine and the European Union.

"I am very surprised by the statements made by the Hungarian Foreign Minister about the revision of the Association Agreement. I plan to discuss all issues on October 12 in Budapest," Ukrainian minister wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, 10 October.

"For us, the revision of the Association Agreement is possible only in the context of ensuring a clear European perspective for Ukraine. I confirm the readiness for a dialogue with Hungary at all levels. Will discuss everything, incl. issuance of Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens and more... I invite our European partners to visit Transcarpathia. I plan a visit of foreign ambassadors in the region, and immediate communication with its citizens," Klimkin wrote.

Klimkin offered Siarto go to Ukraine's Transcarpathian Region together and talk with representatives of the Hungarian minority. Hungarian Minister refused the invitation and promised to initiate a consultative meeting of foreign ministers to revise the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Siyyarto has recently fiercely criticised Ukraine in connection with the adoption of Ukrainian law On Education.

The law provides that children from national minorities in Ukraine will be able to learn in their native language only in primary school, and starting the fifth grade all subjects should be taught in the state language – Ukrainian.