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Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Upset About Viktor Orbán’s Comment on “No-Man’s Land” Ukraine

Viktor Orbán spoke with about 15 journalists at a media conference in Mathias Corvinus Collegium on Thursday evening, delivering remarks that have upset the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

In addition to Hungary’s relationship with the European Union, the Hungarian Prime Minister also gave his thoughts about the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, claiming that Russia’s goal was to turn Ukraine into an “ungovernable wreck,” and that it was succeeding.

“No-man’s land. It is like Afghanistan,” Orbán allegedly said about the country on Hungary’s northeastern border.

The Prime Minister’s statement about “no-man’s land” appears to have enraged officials in Kyiv. Oleg Nikolaenko, spokesperson of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote on Facebook that the ministry had asked the Hungarian ambassador, István Íjgyártó, to lodge an official protest against it. One source told Reuters that Orbán’s comment was unacceptable, and that Ukraine reserves the right to take further retaliatory measures.

The relationship between Hungary and Ukraine has been strained for years because of Budapest’s displeasure with minority rights being taken away from ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine, and this tension has only grown with the Orbán government’s refusal to unequivocally stand by Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador and charge d’affaires in Budapest several times already, most recently because of the removal of a statue depicting the Turul, an ancient symbol in Hungarian mythology, from the town of Mukachevo. [Népszava]

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  1. Michael Detreköy

    Recent political developments within the V4 indicate a possible exclusion of Hungary from that association.
    The war in Ukraine turned the tables on what can be considered acceptable political behavior, relative to Nato involvement, and Hungary now faces hard marginalization.

  2. Michael Detreköy

    Hi Misi!
    After the solid election of Petr Pavel for Czech head of government, most Czech observers expect the populist honeymoon that Babis enjoyed with Orbán to be terminated immediately, as soon as he takes over. The V4 is often called a “political zombie” now, and as Poland persues a goal of becoming one of the strongest of military powers in Europe – if not the strongest – Pavel is expected to prefer an active Nato partnership with Warsaw over the political sabotage and cheap Russian propaganda coming from Budapest. They might not be as tight on EU, but both are very far from Fidesz’ bizarre EU-theatrics.

  3. Misi bácsi

    Thanks for the details Michael. I like your description of the V-4 , a “political zombie”; hopefully, the Czech, Slovak and Polish governments will unite in their opposition to the Russian Trojan horse i.e the Orbán regime. Still skiing the black diamonds in Oregon at age 75. I still remember-with fondness- skiing in Slovakia and near the Polish border.

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