The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary called the “stab in the back”, the Ukrainian law on education
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Siarto during a visit to Romania said that both countries normally work together to oppose the new Ukrainian law on education, as in Ukraine live more than half a million Romanians and Hungarians, according to the publication Transindeх. He assured that Budapest and Bucharest will continue to work together to defend this position.
The head of the foreign Ministry after meeting with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu noted that the law contradicts the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU, signed by Hungary and Romania, as Kiev it refuses to support the rights of minorities. According to him, both countries are considering the adoption of a Ukrainian law as a “stab in the back,” according to BaMa.
Péter Szijjártó said that Budapest is interested in establishing and maintaining strategic contact with Bucharest on the issue. “It is much better to create a history of success than to deal with the conflict”, – said the head of the foreign Ministry, quoted by radio “Freedom”.
The Hungarian Minister also saw “a serious threat” that the consideration of the Ukrainian MPs also included the draft laws on language and citizenship.
Earlier, péter Szijjártó said that Hungary following the adoption of the Ukrainian law on education block and veto in the European Union on any decisions which may lead to further integration of Ukraine into the EU. “We ensure that in the future Ukraine will suffer,” – said the head of the Hungarian foreign Ministry in late September, calling the Ukrainian law on education “a disgrace”.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in September signed a law on education. According to the new rule from 1 September 2018, children of national minorities in kindergartens and primary school subjects in their native language, parallel study of the state language, but the number of items in the Ukrainian language should gradually be increased.
The fifth grade children start to learn Ukrainian, and the language of national minorities will be studied as a separate discipline. It may be teaching one or more courses in the languages of the countries of the EU. From 1 September 2020 education will be fully Ukrainian.
In Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria expressed concern in connection with violation of these laws the rights of national minorities. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis because of the law canceled the scheduled October visit to Ukraine.