Hungary Vetoes NATO-Ukraine Summit in December

Péter Szijjártó, Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, said on Friday that “Hungary cannot support Ukraine’s integration aspirations and therefore vetoed the convening of the NATO-Ukraine Summit in December” during a press conference in Budapest.

Accusing Ukraine of brutally mutilating the rights of minorities living in the country, Szijjártó said Hungary “cannot leave it without speaking.” Back in September, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a controverted law on education, leaving Russian-speaking Ukrainians without any possibilities to continue their studies in their native language.

According to the UNIAN Information Agency, “The law specifies that the language of the educational process at schools and colleges is the national language. It is also stipulated that educational institutions, according to the educational program, could teach one or more subjects in two or more languages, namely the national language, English or other official languages of the European Union.”

Hungary, through their veto, are also protecting the Transcarpathian Hungarian community. The small Hungarian community could very well see its culture completely vanished by this new education bill.

Transcarpathian culture could be at stake with new Ukrainian education bill.
Transcarpathian culture could be at stake with new Ukrainian education bill.

Through this law, citizens of Ukraine in the Donbass and other predominantly Russian-speaking regions, whom have been speaking Russian for generations, will have to abandon their language and adopt one of the state-approved language. The self-proclaimed Republics will never accept that and their independence claims will be further strengthen by Ukraine’s willingness to erase minority cultures. The reunification of Crimea and Russia was also based on Ukraine’s willingness to erase the Russian culture and adopting Ukrainian as the only official language of the country, making it impossible for the vast majority of Crimeans to interact with government officials.

Since the reunification, Russia has significantly boosted it’s A2/AD in Crimea thus making it almost impossible for NATO to safely navigate in the Black Sea without being tracked.

Because of Hungary’s veto, the NATO-Ukraine Summit will be canceled as unanimity is needed to convene it. The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) is responsible for developing the relationship between the Alliance and Ukraine.

Last July, an amendment to Ukraine’s main law related to security was signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to start the process of becoming a member of NATO.

Péter Szijjártó, Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, confirms Budapest has vetoed the NATO-Ukraine Summit scheduled in December
Péter Szijjártó, Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, confirms Budapest has vetoed the NATO-Ukraine Summit scheduled in December

According to Russia Today, “the amendment was backed by 276 of the 450 lawmakers in the Verkhovna Rada on June 8. The authors of the draft asserted that NATO membership will help Ukraine “strengthen national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “stop Russian aggression,” as cited by Ukrinform media outlet.”

However, I believe Ukraine will never join the Alliance as long as there in an ongoing conflict within its own territory. The new education law that violates the rights one of the biggest minority in Ukraine will also greatly play against their intention to join NATO as Hungary demonstrated by vetoing the summit.

That said, the new education bill sparked controversy among its neighbors and will have to be addressed if Kiev wants to keep an open dialogue with NATO. Until then, Ukraine seems to be slowly isolating themselves, a scenario that could be disastrous for the Ukrainian population.

 

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Jonathan is decorated former light infantryman who served more than 14 years in the Canadian Forces. Deployed to Afghanistan as part of an embedded mentoring team with the Afghan National Army, Jonathan acquired exceptional leadership skills, culture appreciation as well as a detailed comprehension of the situation on the ground. After his career as a soldier, Jonathan founded The Sentinel Analytical Group (2014-2017), and later renamed the blog to Conflict Observer. His goal is to offer an alternative to mainstream media news with detailed analysis as well as offering vital technical informations for a better comprehension of the situation. Jonathan is also the media analyst for the “Centre sur la sécurité internationale” at the Laval University, a military and strategic analyst for “La Commission Gendron” as well as a project coordinator with the NATO Association of Canada. He is now studying at the Laval University in Russian studies, Political Science, and Arab studies. Jonathan speaks French, English and Russian (elementary). He is also working on Modern Standard Arabic. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter : @JonathanWadeCD. E-mail : jonathan.wade@conflictobserver.com