Gyöngyösi talks about the West's arm-twisting in CE

The Hungarian foreign ministry can identify with the Ukrainian demand for a clear path to European Union accession - pointed out Zsolt Németh in Strasbourg on Thursday.

As the leader of the Hungarian delegation to the  Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Fidesz-delegated chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Hungarian Parliament addressed the plenary session of PACE on the Ukrainian issue and asked a question from Ukrainian president Petro Porosenko, who also addressed the meeting.

In his phone interview with the Hungarian News Agency, the Hungarian politician said that Poroshenko had pointed out the necessity of giving Ukraine a clear outlook on the accession to the European Union.

"We agree that the EU's eastern partnership policy needs to be reviewed and the key conclusion should be to give eastern partners an outlook on the accession to the European Union - Zsolt Németh responded to Poroshenko's speech.

Beside Ukraine, the EU's eastern partnership programme includes Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia and, theoretically speaking, Belarus as well, although the Minsk regime does not show willingness to cooperate in practice.

The summit of the presidents and prime ministers of EU countries will last from Thursday to Friday, and on the second day in Brussels they will sign the EU partnership agreement with Moldova and Georgia as well as the so far unsigned section of a previously developed similar agreement with Ukraine, which is a comprehensive and intensive free trade deal.

Poroshenko will go to Brussels for this occasion, but first he explained his country's situation to the inter-parliamentary forum of the Council of Europe, which is not a part of the EU establishment and focusses on democracy and human rights issues.

As Zsolt Németh told the Hungarian News Agency, Poroshenko was dedicated to carry out his peace plan, which enjoys the support of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the EU and the European Council as well. The chairman of the Hungarian parliamentary committee stated that the Ukrainian president intended to implement his plans by peaceful means.

In his speech, Zsolt Németh welcomed the election of Poroshenko and pointed out that the high voter turnout and vote percentage gave a solid legitimacy to the Ukrainian president. The Hungarian politician stated that the signature on Friday was of great significance and it was time to set the next goal. Referring to this, he asked Poroshenko what his expectations were in terms of the discussion of visa issues with the EU. He said that Hungary supported the idea of lifting the visa obligation of Ukrainian citizens this year or as of January 1 next year. In his response, Poroshenko agreed that this ambitious plan was feasible and made a promise to pass the legislation necessary for it.

Zsolt Németh expressed his contentment that a Hungarian organization in the Lower Carpathians (Hungarian Cultural Alliance in the Lower Carpathians; HCALC) and the then presidential candidate Poroshenko had concluded an agreement containing the demands of Hungarians in the Lower Carpathians. The Hungarian politician voiced his hopes that the agreement would be implemented in the framework of the constitutional reform that President Poroshenko presented in detail during his speech in Strasbourg.

The Chairman of the Hungarian Parliament's foreign affairs committee pointed out that even though there were different opinions expressed by Hungarian politicians with regard to Ukraine, the standpoint of the Hungarian government and the Hungarian Parliament is the country's official standpoint.

Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi also expressed his views in the debate, saying that the opinions presenting Ukraine as the victim of Russian aggression were unilateral.

He said that the West had been violating the sovereignty of Ukraine for a long time by various means of political arm-twisting and "the politicians of EU countries, the officials of the US Department of State, the Western intelligence and reconnaissance services along with the Konrad Adenauer and Soros Foundations" have made great efforts to remove the legitimately elected Ukrainian president. Jobbik's MP said it was double standards if Crimea was not allowed to have the self-government that Kosovo had been granted.

In Ukraine, the West was supporting an extremist and explicitly Chauvinistic opposition - said Gyöngyösi, claiming that the Ukrainian sentiment became dominated by hostile feelings against Russian as well as other minorities, including Hungarians.

The Russian representatives were not present at this session debate of the CE's Parliamentary Assembly. The reason was that they boycott this session to express their objection to the Russian delegation being deprived of their voting rights in PACE in April after the Russian aggression against the Crimean peninsula.