Ukrainian PM describes statements by Hungarian officials as blackmail

Ukrainian PM describes statements by Hungarian officials as blackmail

Ukraine will not allow anyone to use the language of blackmail, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said.

He said this from the parliament's rostrum on Friday, while commenting on statements by Hungarian officials, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We will not allow anyone to talk to us in a tone of blackmail. This should be our common position - both of the parliament, the president and the government," Groysman said.

He noted that other countries should respect Ukraine, because Ukraine respects its neighbors and partners.

As reported, the dispute between Hungary and Ukraine, which erupted in early September after the adoption of the law on education, remains unresolved. Hungary is openly blocking Ukraine's political dialogue with NATO and rapprochement with the EU.

On November 15, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen stated that ethnic Hungarians abroad have the right to autonomy and Hungarian citizenship. While commenting on the Ukrainian law on education, he noted that it is the Hungarian government that supports the whole institutional system in Zakarpattia region. According to him, the Hungarian government will block all important initiatives for Ukraine until the language law is revoked.


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