Ukraine criticizes Viktor Orbán for a nationalist scarf – POLITICO

Ukraine announced on Tuesday that it would summon the Hungarian ambassador to Kyiv over a football scarf worn by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that displayed a map of ‘Greater Hungary’, which includes parts of present-day Ukraine .

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Orbán’s headscarf was a “promotion of revisionist ideas, which does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not conform to the principles of European policy” .

Ukraine is waiting for an official apology from Hungary, Kuleba added. Ukrainian-Hungarian relations have already been strained this year, with Orbán maintaining ties with Russia amid its brutal war on Ukraine. Greater Hungary collapsed after defeat in World War I.

Orbán posted a video of him meeting Hungarian footballer Balázs Dzudzsák on Instagram where the scarf with the map – which also includes parts of modern-day Romania, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia and Austria – is clearly visible.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry also sent its “firm disapproval” of Orbán’s gesture to the Hungarian ambassador in Bucharest on Monday.

The Romanian ministry said that “any revisionist demonstration, whatever form it takes, is unacceptable, contrary to current realities and to the commitments made jointly by Romania and Hungary to build a bilateral relationship”.

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