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Focus on Ukraine's EU membership: Kuleba unveils key discussion points with Hungarian MFA

Focus on Ukraine's EU membership: Kuleba unveils key discussion points with Hungarian MFA Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, held an hour-long conversation today, December 11th, with his Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, according to a statement from Ukraine's top diplomat on Instagram.

"Just finished the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó. We talked for an hour. It was a very long and sincere conversation," the statement reads.

Kuleba notes that they have known each other for a long time, but it was the first time they had such a detailed and substantial conversation since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

"We honestly answered each other's questions," adds the minister.

Main topic of discussion

"Undoubtedly, the main topic was the decision of the European Council regarding the opening of negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the EU. I understand that everyone is waiting for an answer: yes or no? Give us some time. I will report to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy now. Péter will report to his Prime Minister," Kuleba adds.

The minister also sent a clear message. He mentions that he explicitly told Péter that the Ukrainian common future lies in Europe, and we must get there together as soon as possible.

Hungary's obstruction to Ukraine's EU path

On December 14-15, the summit of EU leaders will take place, where several issues concerning Ukraine will be discussed. This includes the start of negotiations for EU accession, providing 50 billion euros in economic support, allocating an additional 20 billion euros for the Ukrainian army, and a new package of sanctions against Russia.

According to reports, Hungary is blocking anything related to supporting Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy managed to speak with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán while in Argentina ahead of the EU leaders' summit.

European media speculate that due to Hungary, the start of negotiations for Ukraine's accession might be delayed until March 2024.