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Useful and very timely, maximum achieved: Ukraine's MFA head comments on meeting with Szijjártó

Useful and very timely, maximum achieved: Ukraine's MFA head comments on meeting with Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba summarized the meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó in Uzhhorod on January 29. According to him, the negotiations were beneficial and very timely, as he stated in an interview with Ukrinform.

Kuleba reminded that he last met Szijjártó in 2022.

"So, this meeting was very timely, and of course, useful. I believe that we got the maximum we could today. First, Peter didn't say anything bad," said the minister.

According to Kuleba, he and Szijjártó discussed "concerns about each other's intentions."

"We openly discussed concerns about each other's intentions. We explained everything to each other. Hungarians have mistrust towards us, we have mistrust towards them – due to different circumstances, it's understandable. And the fact that today the three of us talked about all of this, I think it's very important," said the head of the Ukrainian MFA.

He added that the negotiations mostly revolved around three topics: the Hungarian minority, the war and the logic of the actions of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, and the meeting between President Volodymyr Zelenskнy and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Kuleba mentioned that Szijjártó also explained "why Hungarians meet with Russians and how they see the path to peace."

Szijjártó's visit to Ukraine and the meeting with Kuleba

Yesterday, on January 29, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó arrived in Uzhhorod, where he met with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and the head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak. Officials noted that the negotiations would concern the normalization of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.

Later in Uzhhorod, a joint press conference of officials from both countries took place, during which the parties made statements regarding providing aid, issues of national minorities in Zakarpattia, sectoral cooperation, Russia's full-scale invasion, and the preparation for the meeting between the leaders of Ukraine and Hungary.