Hungarian foreign ministry summons Ukrainian ambassador

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-11 01:04:49|Editor: yan
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BUDAPEST, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Hungarian ministry of foreign affairs and trade has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to Hungary, official sources here said.

"The ministry summoned Ambassador Liubov Nepop, after the hostile policies of Ukraine towards Hungary escalated to a new level," said Levente Magyar, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs at the ministry, when speaking to journalists on Wednesday.

According to Magyar, the discussions with Nepop became necessary because people in Ukraine were making a "death list" of members of the Hungarian ethnic minority in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Parliament's official webpage posted a document about the possible deportation of Ukrainians having also Hungarian citizenship.

Ukraine does not recognize the concept of dual citizenship that has been granted by Budapest to ethnic Hungarians of Ukraine.

Magyar also deplored Ukraine was installing military troops and barracks close to the Hungarian border.

The main reason of discord between Budapest and Kiev is the recent adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of a language law that puts ethnic Hungarian children at a disadvantage in the Ukrainian school system, according to Budapest.

However, Ukraine affirms that the law is not directed against ethnic Hungarians, but rather serves to enhance the education of Ukrainian, the official language.

On Oct. 4, Ukraine expelled a Hungarian diplomat from its territory, a move retaliated the same day by the Hungarian government.