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Hungarian foreign minister lists conditions for unblocking NATO-Ukraine Commission

The minister says that both the Ukrainian side and NATO are aware of said requirements.

Hungarian foreign minister lists conditions for unblocking NATO-Ukraine Commission
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto
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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has named specific requirements put forward by Budapest, the implementation of which will allow it to unblock meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). In an interview with Yevropeyska Pravda, the minister said that both the Ukrainian side and NATO were aware of said requirements.

"The first condition is that the transition period regarding the language of education should be extended until 2023, and during this time you have to agree with the minority on the changes to be introduced," Szijjarto said, answering the publication's questions.

"The second condition, which is also fully in line with the proposals of the Venice Commission, is that the clause on the language of teaching should not apply to private schools. And there was another, third condition, which has already been fulfilled: Ukraine should begin consultations with representatives of the Hungarian minority. They have started them," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Szijjarto said on 22 June that Hungary had officially lifted its veto on the holding of a separate meeting of NATO leaders with the participation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, but continues to block the NATO-Ukraine Commission. The Hungarian minister spoke with journalists following the first round of consultations held between the foreign ministers and ministers of education of the two countries in Nyzhnye Solotvyne (Transcarpathian Region).

Source: UNIAN
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