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Presidents of Ukraine and Hungary Zelensky and Novak met in Kyiv

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met on Wednesday, August 23, with his Hungarian counterpart Katalin Novak, who arrived in Kyiv to attend the Crimean Platform summit. They discussed issues of cooperation in the border areas of both countries and in the Transcarpathian region.

Zelensky noted Novak’s participation in the Crimean Platform summit and thanked her for Hungary’s support for the Ukrainian leadership’s efforts to repel Russian aggression.

According to the office of the President of Ukraine, Zelensky separately noted Hungary’s assistance in the treatment of wounded Ukrainian servicemen and the training of military doctors.

The Hungarian side has not yet published information about the meeting between Novak and Zelensky.

Ukrayinska Pravda calls the current meeting of the presidents the “first interaction” of both officials since at least the fall of 2022. At that time, a food summit was held in Kyiv, among the participants of which was Katalin Novak.

Relations between Ukraine and Hungary have not been cloudless in recent months, due to some statements by the Hungarian leadership about Ukraine and the “slowdown” by Budapest on the adoption of EU sanctions against Russia. The Hungarian side insists that Kyiv should resolve controversial issues related to the position of the Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia.

On August 23, the traditional summit of the International Crimean Platform began in Kyiv, in which representatives of 63 states participate. At the opening of the summit, President Volodymyr Zelensky said:

“Crimea will be de-occupied, like all other parts of Ukraine, which are now, unfortunately, under the occupiers,” he stressed.

Source : VOA News