Ukraine must stop playing with Hungarian authorities - Tuka

Ukraine must stop playing with Hungarian authorities - Tuka

Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Heorhiy Tuka has said that Ukraine must stop playing with the Hungarian authorities that brutally disregard Ukrainian laws.

Tuka wrote this on his Facebook page.

"Should we expel the [Hungarian] consul? Are there any doubts? The diplomat roughly violates the rules of conduct and must be punished for that. It's time to stop playing with the Hungarian authorities that brutally disregard Ukrainian laws in public," he wrote.

According to Tuka, being aware of the violation of the law, the Hungarian authorities did not apologize and did not suggest finding a way for understanding. "In fact, the Hungarian authorities began to blackmail Ukraine. The reaction to the actions of a blackmailer must be unequivocal - all diplomatic institutions operating in Ukraine must comply with Ukrainian legislation," he said.

He also expressed confidence that the Verkhovna Rada is obliged to adopt a legitimate mechanism for responding to the cases of dual citizenship in Ukraine. "Hushing up this fact leads only to a deterioration of the situation," Tuka said.

Earlier, Ukrinform published a video showing how Hungarian passports are issued to citizens of Ukraine at the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region. The procedure was accompanied by a glass of champagne in honor of receiving a second citizenship and instructions for Ukrainians to conceal the fact of obtaining Hungarian citizenship from the Ukrainian authorities. 

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the Hungarian consul, who appears on the video with the distribution of Hungarian passports to Ukrainians, would not remain in Ukraine.

"There are two options - either the Hungarians simply take him [the consul] away, clearly recognizing what he was doing, and this is the most constructive scenario [...] or he will go to Budapest on his own," Klimkin said.


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