The Hungarian government believes that it is not worth starting negotiations on Ukraine’s membership in the EU, allegedly due to failure to fulfill the conditions for accession. This statement was made by the head of the administration of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban Gergely Guyash, writes the publication Hungarian Nation.
“We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and have always condemned Russian aggression and provided serious financial and humanitarian support, but this does not change the fact that Ukraine does not fulfill the conditions necessary for negotiations with the EU, and did not fulfill them even before the war,” he said.
Guillas said that Ukraine is “totally corrupt” and “not ripe for EU membership.”
“Our country takes the position that it should offer [Украине] some kind of special partnership, but there is no other way,” he emphasized.
- In March 2023, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Sijarto stated that if Ukraine “does not respect the rights of national minorities,” Budapest may not support its integration into the EU and NATO in the future.
- On 25 October, after Orbán compared Hungary’s EU membership to the Soviet occupation, the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell stated that no one keeps Hungary in the European Union.
- After the European Commission recommended the start of accession negotiations for Ukraine on November 8, Hungary promised to block the start of negotiations, demanding the repeal of the language law.
- November 9 Deputy Prime Minister Stefanyshyn stated that Ukraine will be able to reach a compromise with Hungary on the level of compliance with the requirements of the European Union to protect the rights of national minorities, in particular with regard to issues of language and education.
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