Kyiv warns Budapest against interference in local elections

Ukraine elections in Ukraine. People vote at polling station. [Shutterstock/Mykola Tys]

Ukraine is warning Hungary against violating its electoral legislation and attempts to interfere in the country’s internal affairs, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Ukraine will hold its local elections on Sunday (25 October).

“Ignoring the official appeals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine only proves the existence of a hidden goal in the Hungarian side, which is unacceptable in interstate relations,” the ministry wrote.

On 19 October, Ukrainian NGO OPORA had asked the foreign ministry to evaluate the alleged illegal campaigning activities of Hungarian officials in Ukraine, namely Hungarian state secretary for national policy János Árpád Potápi, according to Hungarian state news agency MTI via UNIAN reporting. OPORA alleges that Potápi was campaigning for the candidates of the Hungarian Cultural Federation in Transcarpathia (KMKSZ) during his early October visit. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov |

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