Diplomatic row between Hungary and Ukraine after UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor was banned from entering Ukraine

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Hungarian Foreign minister has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest to a special meeting due on Monday, after the leader of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor had been banned from entering Ukraine on Saturday to attend an event of the Magyar community there.

Kelemen Hunor has announced on Facebook that he had been banned from entering Ukraine for one year and a half, without any explanation. He had been invited to attend the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Magyar Cultural Union in the Sub-Carpathian Ukraine.

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Tamas Menczer told MTI that this interdiction is “unacceptable” and “against Hungary”.

UDMR chairman Kelemen Hunor says he did not use the Magyar passport at the Ukrainian border point, as the Ukrainian ambassador to Romania had claimed. Kelemen also asked the Ukrainian ambassador to present the documents that had banned his access to Ukraine in the past.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Kelemen Hunor consider the reaction of Ukraine’s ambassador as “inappropriate”.

Ukraine’s ambassador in Bucharest, Oleksandr Bankov, through an inappropriate judgement of today’s incident (Saturday’s) says that I have tried to enter Ukraine with a Magyar passport. I have not been in Ukraine in the past 20 years and I have never used a Magyar passport. I can present the papers related to this incident. I ask the Ukrainian ambassador in Bucharest, Oleksandr Bankov, to also present the documents that have banned my access on Ukraine’s territory in the past”, Kelemen stated.

The Ukrainian ambassador to Romania, Oleksandr Bankov, had said that Kelemen Hunor had been banned from entering Ukraine since November 3, 2017 and that he had attempted to come to Ukraine since then using his Hungarian passport and that he had been turned down.

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