"I told the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs about our arguments – they've violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, it's one hundred percent. Of course, by definition, no one should hide the fact of acquiring new rights and duties, and generally hiding this is bad ... It's past whatever, and I suggested that the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs withdraw this consul. And if it doesn't happen this week, we will send a note to the Hungarian side on his expulsion this week," Klimkin said in a video address posted on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 1, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
Klimkin says Russia is using and will use this situation to destabilize Ukraine's Zakarpattia and Ukraine in general. "Although there is no need to discuss the exact actions of the Hungarian consul – we should clearly set the record straight and we will do this. In the coming days the consul will return to his country," Klimkin said.
Earlier, Hungary said it was not going to withdraw its consuls from the Consulate General in the Ukrainian town of Berehovo, western Ukraine, "regardless of what the Ukrainians demand."
Ukrainian media earlier reported about the issuance of Hungarian passports to Ukrainian citizens at the Hungarian consulate in the town of Berehove in Ukraine's Zakarpattia region. A video was posted showing Ukrainians getting Hungarian passports and taking an oath calling Hungary their homeland.