#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on Hungarian separatism in Transcarpathia
Hungary’s Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Ernő Keskeny responded to Groisman’s address to the Ukrainian president with a request to react to the situation in the Transcarpathian region regarding separatism. Keskeny claims that there is no reason to see the danger in the “distribution of Hungarian passports” on the territory of Ukraine.
Keskeny, trying to soften the situation, urged not to compare the distribution of Hungarian passports in Transcarpathia with an allegedly similar situation in the Crimea. Although the claims to Hungary relate not only to the mass issuance of passports of another state.
Groisman, stating that it is not permissible to talk with Ukraine “in the tone of blackmail”, reacted harshly to the words of Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Šemien that ethnic Hungarians abroad have the right to autonomy and Hungarian citizenship. In addition, in Budapest, under the Ukrainian Embassy, the action “Self-determination for Transcarpathia” was held.
Everybody is familiar with the deterioration of relations between Hungary and Ukraine because of the Law on Education, recently adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, which, in pursuit of the oppression of the Russian language, touched upon the rights of national minorities, including the Hungarians of Transcarpathia.
The interstate scandal is gaining momentum. Now Hungary requires the Ukrainian authorities to conduct an investigation against those who tore off the Hungarian flag from the city hall of Beregovo. And in October the flag was removed from the building of one of the Hungarian-speaking schools of Transcarpathia.
For a long time the Hungarians supported the compatriots of Transcarpathia within the framework of the “Eastern Partnership” programьу. Thanks to cross-border cooperation, money from the EU came into the region – this is the main thing, and the rest of Ukraine turned a blind eye to. Now the situation is getting out of control, and, judging by the provocations with the flags, it is intentionally heated up.
Ernő Keskeny shouldn’t have mentioned the Crimea, urging not to draw an analogy in connection with the issuance of passports of a supposedly different state. He’d better learn the history of confrontation in the Donbass, where the precedent of the use of the Ukrainian army against civilians was created after the accusation of separatism, which, in relation to Transcarpathia, was already heard from the first persons of the state. Further, we will see what will be the reaction of Ukraine and how it distinguishes “pro-Russian separatism” from the pro-European one.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy