On the eve of the third International Summit of the Crimea Platform, President of Hungary Katalin Novak arrived in Transcarpathian Region, home to a large Hungarian diaspora, on a working visit, the regional state administration has reported.
She met the leadership of the regional state administration, the regional council, berehove and the district. They discussed the results and prospects for strengthening cross-border cooperation, including those projects that were launched in the context of the full-scale invasion of Russia.
These include humanitarian support, assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in the region, organisation of summer holidays for Ukrainian children Hungary, and implementation of joint environmental, educational, cultural and other initiatives.
"We appreciate our work with our partners to protect Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes due to the war. We are grateful to Hungary and its citizens for providing humanitarian aid to our country," said Myroslav Biletskyy, acting head of the regional military administration.
In conclusion, he also expressed hope that the successful implementation of joint projects will contribute to investment development and socio-economic growth in the border regions of both countries.
Novak will also meet with political, religious and educational leaders of the Hungarian community in Transcarpathian Region, the family of a fallen soldier and children from large families.
After that, she will travel to Kyiv where, at the invitation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, she will take part in the third International Summit of the Crimea Platform on 23 August.
Novak last visited Kyiv and met Zelenskyy on 26 November 2022.
Hungary has not provided Ukraine with military assistance since the start of the full-scale war and is also blocking European Union sanctions against Russia. In addition, Budapest continues to trade with Russia, and representatives of the Hungarian authorities visit Moscow.