Ukraine handed a note of protest to the Hungarian ambassador over Hungarian Minister Siarto's political agitation in the elections
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the Hungarian Ambassador in Ukraine, Istvan Ijgyarto, and handed a note of protest because of the illegal political agitation of Hungarian officials in favor of one of the political parties in the October 25 local elections.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stated this in the comment.
The Foreign Ministry also communicated to the Hungarian diplomat the position on the impermissibility of public statements by Hungarian officials, especially on election day, calling on Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian origin to vote for the Party of Hungarians, Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association.
The Foreign Ministry reminded that such actions of Hungarian officials contradict Article 60 of the Law of Ukraine "On Local Elections" and Article 57 of the Electoral Code of Ukraine, prohibiting foreigners from participating in election campaigning.
It is emphasized that under the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, all citizens of Ukraine have equal opportunities to exercise their voting rights democratically and under international standards.
"The Ministry once again called on the Hungarian party to respect the Ukrainian legislation and not to take steps that indicate direct interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine and do not correspond to the good-neighborly nature of Hungarian-Ukrainian relations," the comment reads.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry noted that the Ukrainian party remains open to constructive cooperation with Hungary on all issues of mutual interest based on mutual respect and shared understanding.
As reported, on Sunday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siarto called on Transcarpathian Hungarians to support the Hungarian political party in the local elections in Ukraine. He also called for supporting the incumbent Mayor Zoltan Babiak in the mayor's election in Berehove.