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Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine summoned to Ukrainian MFA in connection with Orban's disparaging statements

KYIV. Jan 31 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On Tuesday, January 31, Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Istvan Íjgyártó was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to whom a strong protest was expressed in connection with the recent disparaging statements against Ukraine by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

"It was pointed out to the Hungarian diplomat that the anti-Ukrainian rhetoric that has been heard from the Hungarian leadership for a long time is absolutely unacceptable and causes serious harm to Ukrainian-Hungarian relations. The Hungarian side was urged to stop this negative trend in order to avoid irreparable consequences for relations between the two countries," the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said.

It was also stressed that Ukraine, for its part, is ready to develop constructive good-neighborly relations with Hungary.

Earlier, Orban, at a meeting with journalists in Budapest, said that he did not believe in Ukraine’s victory and believed that the country was "gradually turning into an ungovernable ruin." According to Orban, "Russia’s goal is to turn Ukraine into an ungovernable ruin so that the West cannot claim it "as a prize." He said that Russia has already succeeded in this, and now Ukraine, like Afghanistan, is a "no man’s land."