“Hungary regards Ukraine’s new President, Volodymyr Zelensky, as a new hope and trusts that his earlier, encouraging statements will become reality”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó on Monday in a recess of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

In a statement to Hungarian reporters, Mr. Szijjártó emphasised that if the new President’s statements do indeed turn into real action and the rights that have been taken away from Hungarian Transcarpathian are returned, then Hungary will be glad to return to a closer cooperation with Ukraine.

“Hungary can see an opportunity for this after the new President takes office, but it is also clear that there are many who do not have an interest in good Ukrainian-Hungarian relations”, he added.

“The procedure with which an aggressive police search of the homes of the leaders of Hungarian Transcarpathian organisations was held on Monday morning is unprecedented, unacceptable and un-European”, the Minister declared.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade/MTI)