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Hungary blocks NATO envoys' joint declaration on Ukraine

Budapest attempted to insert its demands concerning Transcarpathian Region in the document.

Hungary blocks NATO envoys' joint declaration on Ukraine
Péter Szijjártó
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Hungary has vetoed a joint declaration of NATO ambassadors on Ukraine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó noted at the Eurasia Forum in Budapest on Wednesday, according to Daily News Hungary.

It said that the declaration "did not compel Ukraine to hand back rights it stripped from the ethnic Hungarian minority". The minister said that Hungary "was not prepared to sacrifice the interests of 150,000 ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine to geopolitical interests".

According to the website, Hungary submitted several amendment proposals to the declaration stating that Ukraine must fulfill its duties towards minorities according to international law, and several of the proposals were based on the tenets of the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Since these proposals were rejected, “we had no other choice than to veto the declaration”, Szijjártó added.

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