Hungary steps up pressure on Ukraine over new education law

BUDAPEST (AP) – Hungary will ask the European Union (EU) to revise its association agreement with Ukraine, claiming the country’s new language law limits the rights of minorities, the Hungarian foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto said that increasing international pressure is the only way to get Ukraine to change the law, affecting some 150,000 ethnic Hungarians and other minorities, including Russians, Romanians and Moldovans.

Szijjarto said Ukraine’s passage of the education law just days after the association agreement came into force on September 1 was a “stab in the back,” adding that, as long as the education law remains in effect in its current form, Hungary would block any efforts by Ukraine for tighter integration with the EU.

“The fate of Hungarians living outside Hungary is not negotiable,” Szijjarto said. “Ukraine must repeal the provisions of its education law which harm minorities.”