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 Hungary resorts to blackmailing instead of quiet talks. We will respond in the same manner, - Ariev on Budapest's reaction to Ukraine Education Act


Ukraine is ready to respond in the same manner to Hungary if Budapest blocks any initiative on Ukraine and EU rapprochement.

This was announced by head of Ukrainian delegation to PACE, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Volodymyr Ariev, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"We have been cooperating with them as neighbors. If they don't want to cooperate as neighbors, for instance, in the Council of Europe, the number of Ukrainian delegates is three times bigger than Hungarian ones, and we can affect their final decision on Hungary as well. If they resort to blackmailing instead of quiet talks, this is not a reliable partnership," Ariev said.

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He said that the desire of Hungary to block Ukraine-EU rapprochement makes Hungary an unreliable partner to everyone. However, Ariev said Ukraine has leverages, and Hungarian nationalistic sentiments have long worried the EU and negatively affected the image of the country in the EU.

Earlier, the Hungarian government decided to block all subsequent decisions by the European Union aimed at its association with Ukraine.

On Sept. 25, President Poroshenko signed the bill No. 2145-VIII Education Act, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Sept. 5, 2017. The president stressed that the Act increases the role of the state Ukrainian language in the education process. The bill provides for equal opportunities for everyone, the president said. Poroshenko stressed that the rights of the minorities will not be suppressed.

"Ukraine will keep demonstrating the treatment of the rights of the ethnic minorities that align with our international liabilities, are harmonized with the European standards, and are an example for neighboring countries," Poroshenko said.

The Education Act was adopted by the Rada on Sept. 5. It provides that the education will be held exclusively in Ukrainian after 5th grade.

Later, the parliament of Hungary adopted a resolution that condemned the bill and said it violated the rights of Hungarians in the Zakarpattia.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n456922