“The new Ukrainian Language Act goes against Ukraine’s international obligations and violates the rights of national communities because it strips them of their existing, previously acquired rights relating to language use”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Language Act is indicative of the mentality of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko”, the Ministry added in the statement. The Ministry highlighted that it trusts that it will be able to resolve the issues affecting the Hungarian national community with Ukraine’s new President, Volodymir Zelensky, who was elected by an “overwhelming majority”. “We have an interest in relations between Hungary and Ukraine once again being balanced and friendly, and hope that the newly elected Ukrainian President will also be open to this”, the Ministry wrote.

(MTI / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)