EU country accuses Ukraine of election interference — RT World News


Kyiv government maintains constant contact with Hungarian opposition, Budapest says

Ukraine tried to interfere and influence the upcoming parliamentary elections in Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

“A few days ago, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry [Dmytro Kuleba] called the Ukrainian Embassy in Budapest to discuss the possibility of it influencing the results of the Hungarian elections”, Szijjarto claimed in a video address posted to Facebook on Tuesday.

Hungarians are due to go to the polls on Thursday to decide on the new formation of the National Assembly. The race has been tight so far, with the latest polls suggesting Orban’s ruling Fidesz party leads the six-party alliance of opposition parties, United for Hungary, by only 41% to 39 %.

“Constant negotiations are ongoing” between the kyiv authorities and opponents of the Hungarian government, FM insisted. Among other things, the opposition has already promised Ukraine to “immediately take the decision to supply arms” to Ukraine, he added.


Szijjarto reaffirmed that as long as the current Hungarian government remains in power, there will be no deliveries of “lethal aid” to the neighboring country.

Unlike some other EU states, Hungary refused to send arms to Kyiv during its conflict with Russia or let other states bring such shipments to its territory. Budapest also refused to support the new round of sanctions against Moscow, especially in the energy sector, arguing that they would hurt Hungary more than Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko denied accusations of election interference by Szijjarto, calling on Budapest to stop trying to “to involve Ukraine in the internal political struggle” and “speculate on the grief of Ukrainians.


Ukraine accuses Hungary of having designs on its territory

Instead of trying to win Russia’s approval, Hungary should focus on promoting unity within the EU and NATO, because its security also depends on it, he said. he adds.

Moscow sent its troops to Ukraine in late February, following kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake Donbass by force.

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