Belgium: «A brutal violation of human rights» - Hungarian FM lashes out at Ukrainian language law

[Journalist asks question] SOT, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (English): «You know there's a compromise or a consensus written in the Visegrad group that we are not going to be V5, 6 or 7. We're going to remain V4 because that's how it's most effective, that's how it's historically routed, but on the other hand, we have these 3,4 plus formats, in which we... Еще cooperate very strongly and tightly with Austria and I'm pretty sure we're going to cooperate very, very strongly and tightly with Austria in the future as well. I'm pretty sure you'll see more V4 plus Austria formats in the future.» [Journalist asks question] SOT, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (English): «About rule of Law? I'd say that there's a brutal violation of human rights in the neighbourhood of the European Union, since the Ukrainian parliament passed a law about the education, where they violate very heavily the rights of the minorities as they have taken away the rights from all the minorities to use exclusively their native language in education above the age of 10. This is a brutal violation of human rights, a brutal violation of minority rights and this is a brutal violation of the association agreement (between Ukraine and the EU). So here I will initiate that during the next session, of the Association Council with Ukraine, that we should put this on the agenda to address this situation because that's very extraordinary- let's put it this way. Okay thank you.» Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto called Ukraine's new language laws a «brutal violation of human rights,» speaking to journalists ahead of an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Monday. Szijjarto called for Ukraine's new language laws, which prohibit the use of minority languages in education above the age of 10, as an issue that should be put on the «agenda» in the next Association Council meeting with Ukraine, calling the Ukrainian move «extraordinary.» The Hungarian Foreign Minister used the opportunity to warmly congratulate the election of Sebastian Kurz to Austrian Chancellor, describing him as a «friend». The Minister added «we are happy that a sister party of ours won the elections, in a neighbouring country and we are happy that a candidate has won who has represented- in many cases- a similar position regarding migration.»

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