The Hungarian Foreign Minister said on Tuesday that Ukraine's decision to ban the entry of two Hungarian government officials over what she called interference in local elections was “pathetic and pointless.”
In a video message on his Facebook page, Peter Siyarto said that Budapest had not received an official notification of the ban on entry to Ukraine.
In the video, Siyjarto welcomed the victory of Hungarian candidates in local elections in Ukraine, which, he said, means that the opinion of Hungarians must be taken into account for the future region bordering Hungary, home to a large ethnic Hungarian minority.
He said that Ukraine had taken "unfriendly steps" against Hungary by summoning the Hungarian ambassador and deciding to deny entry to two officials.
"By this, Ukraine is giving a signal ... that it has renounced Hungary's support for its Euro-Atlantic integration efforts," Siyarto said.