Hungary summons Ukraine’s envoy to Zelenskyy for ‘insulting’ comments – POLITICO

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó summoned the Ukrainian ambassador on Wednesday because of “unacceptable” and “insulting” statements made by Kiev.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly criticized Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his stance on Russia – even after Orbán’s election victory on Sunday, which sparked anger in Budapest.

“It’s time for the Ukrainian leaders to stop insulting Hungary and take into account the will of the Hungarian people,” Szijjártó said wrote in a post on Facebook. “Statements about … regretting the will of the Hungarian people are unacceptable,” he added.

After the election Zelenskyy called Tuesday on Ukrainian public television that Orbán now has to choose between Moscow and “the other world” – referring to the West – and claimed that the veteran prime minister is afraid of Russian influence.

Szijjártó was not impressed.

“We condemn military aggression, we stand up for the sovereignty of Ukraine,” wrote Szijjártó. “At the same time, of course, the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people is most important to us. This is not our war.”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he counted Zelenskyy among his “opponents” in his victory speech on Sunday after he stormed to a fourth straight term in a landslide.

Zelenskyy before criticized Orbán for delaying his sanctions on Russia at a European Council summit last month. He compared Moscow’s siege of Mariupol to the Hungarian fascists who executed thousands of Hungarian Jews on the banks of the Danube in Budapest during World War II. “Viktor, do you know what’s going on in Mariupol?” He said: “You have to decide for yourself who you are with.”

Despite the huge margin of Orbán’s victory, international observers called The election was “marred by the lack of a level playing field” as Orbán had a firm grip on the media and had access to significantly more campaign funding.

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hungary summons Ukraine's envoy to Zelenskyy for 'insulting' comments - POLITICO

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