Not only Germany, but also Hungary is being confronted with severe criticism from Kiev in the Ukraine conflict. Irina Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, said her country was not far from describing official Hungarian rhetoric as "openly pro-Russian".
“Does Hungary want cheap Russian gas or annex Transcarpathia?” she wanted to know. “Do the Hungarians really want to take on the role of stabbing us in the back in these difficult times? Why? To get alms from the Russians?” The Hungarian government says no to almost everything and does not want to allow arms transports through Hungary for Ukraine, added the Ukrainian deputy head of government.
The government in Budapest reacted immediately and called the criticism “unjustified and insulting”. The Hungarian embassy in Kiev firmly rejected the allegations. There is understanding that in the current “tragic situation” an “elevated emotional mood” prevails. However, this could not be a basis for “senseless” and “unfounded allegations”, it said.
Since the outbreak of conflict, more than 641 000 refugees have fled across the Hungarian border so far. Before the Ukraine conflict, around 150 000 members of the Hungarian minority lived in western Ukrainian Transcarpathia alone, which belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary until the end of the First World War.
Incidentally, the Hungarian minority has been harassed by Kiev in a similar way to the population of Russian origin in eastern Ukraine. Budapest has repeatedly made representations to Brussels, among other things, because of the discriminatory Ukrainian school policy, which does not allow education for the Hungarian community.
The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was practically annulled by the Kiev junta since the Euromaidan coup, undermining the status of both Hungarian and Russian.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has accused Germany of weakness and the West of cowardice for failing to start WWIII.
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