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Senior Ukrainian and Hungarian officials have publicly questioned each other’s sanity

A bitter diplomatic row has erupted between Kyiv and Budapest, with senior officials from both countries trading insults about the other’s sanity. It was triggered by remarks made by the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, Laszlo Kover, who castigated the attitude of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky towards other nations.

“I can’t remember when a leader of a country in need of help would have dared to speak out against anyone in a way like President Zelensky did, not only against Hungary, but even against German Chancellor,” he added. Kover said during an interview with local HirTV on Saturday.

Zelensky’s aggressive style of demanding foreign aid to support Ukraine in its conflict with Russia may stem from “personal mental problems”, Kover said.

“You have to threaten enemies, not those you want to make friends with. There’s some sort of personal mental issue, and I don’t know what you can do about it.” he said.


The remarks sparked a diplomatic meltdown in Kyiv, with officials hurling a barrage of insults at Hungary as a whole and at Kover personally. Deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office Andrey Sibiga responded with a few words, questioning Kover’s own sanity.

“You know a donkey by his ears and a fool by his chatter. The short mind has a long tongue, “ Sibiga wrote on Facebook, slamming the “Unacceptable and vicious remarks from ‘mediocre politicians’ like the disrespected head of the Hungarian legislature.”

A similar response came from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which asked Kover to provide evidence regarding his own mental health.

“Further assessment of Kover’s words directly depends on the assessment recorded in the certificate”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said.

The official also accused Hungary of “stubbornly” continue to “throw mud on Ukraine and whitewash Russia’s crimes”, while suggesting that the country has found itself on the side of “Wrong” in history “more than one time.”

kyiv has repeatedly criticized Hungary for its perceived lack of support in the ongoing conflict, as well as its reluctance to sever economic ties with Russia. The country is heavily dependent on Russia for oil and gas.

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