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Hungary granting illegal dual citizenship in Ukrainian consulate

Staff Writer | September 26, 2018
The Hungarian Consulate in the Ukrainian town of Berehove has been actively granting Hungarian citizenship to Ukrainian citizens, as revealed by a hidden video published by the Ukrinform news agency on Sept. 19.
Europe   About half of the 23,000 residents of Berehove are ethnic Hungarians
The video shows a Hungarian consul performing the ceremony for granting dual citizenship, which is illegal for Ukrainians, and another employee instructing the new citizens not to inform the Ukrainian government of their new status.

After taking their oath of Hungarian citizenship, the Ukrainians received a document of naturalization and registration card as a Hungarian citizen, the news site said.

Both the Hungarian Embassy in Kyiv and the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove declined to answer questions from Ukrinform about its policy. About half of the 23,000 residents of Berehove are ethnic Hungarians. The town is situated about five kilometers from the Hungarian border crossing.

In response, the Ukrainian government withdrew the diplomatic accreditation of the Hungarian consul featured in the hidden video, who will leave Ukraine, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Sept. 20.

“We knew very well that this was taking place, having warned our Hungarian colleagues. But this is proof now,” he wrote on his Facebook page, referring to the video. “This evidence needs a reaction.”

As Hungary’s reaction, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto threatened to hinder further Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration process.

“Now the series of attacks have taken on a new level,” he said, referring to the diplomat’s expulsion. “Hungary is carefully observing events and doesn’t rule out that in the future, it will be necessary to continue to slow Ukraine’s integration into European structures,” he said in a statement on the foreign ministry’s website.