Hungarian Foreign Minister Says Ukraine doesn’t meet criteria to join NATO

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto believes that Ukraine so far does not meet the democratic standards required to join NATO.

“To speak of such kind of issue at all countries must reach democratic standards which Ukraine currently is not there.”

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto

Szijjarto said that the issue of national minority rights, over which Budapest feuds with Kiev, is very important for Hungary. “We will never accept the violation of the minority rights. We will always argue in favor of respect and the enhancement of the respect of rights of national minorities. And as long as this issue is not being resolved, it is very, very complicated to speak about any further progress [in Ukraine’s admission to NATO],” the minister underlined.

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