Ukraine to participate in NATO meeting despite Hungary's opposition - Prystaiko

Ukraine to participate in NATO meeting despite Hungary's opposition - Prystaiko

Ukraine has managed to bypass the blocking of the NATO summit by Hungary, and the meeting will be held jointly with Georgia in Brussels.

Vadym Prystaiko, head of the Ukrainian delegation to the North Atlantic Alliance, said this on the program "Tomorrow," a joint project of the 112 Ukraine television channel and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

"Thanks to cooperation with NATO allies, we managed to overcome an obstacle created by Hungary, which is trying to abuse the principle of consensus that exists in NATO. The option, which was determined, is a joint meeting with Georgia just ten years after the Bucharest summit, when both Ukraine and Georgia were promised that they would become NATO members. We are going to meet again with the alliance and will discuss how Ukraine and Georgia have progressed over this time, what else to do, and what kind of assistance the alliance can provide to both countries," he said.

Prystaiko also suggested that Hungary might block a statement of the meeting, but stressed that the declaration of the summit would be more important to Ukraine.

As reported, Hungary has been blocking meetings as part of Ukraine's cooperation with the EU and NATO due to the law on education adopted by Kyiv, which entered into force on September 28, 2017. Budapest saw in the law a violation of the rights of the Hungarian minority regarding compulsory education in the state language. Kyiv rejects these accusations.


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