Hungary Accuses Ukraine of Interfering in their Upcoming Election

Hungary’s foreign minister accused Ukraine’s government of attempting to meddle in the upcoming Hungarian election, an accusation refuted by the minister’s Ukrainian counterpart in an episode that strained relations between the two countries even more.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto claimed in a video that “ongoing coordination between the Hungarian left and representatives of the Ukrainian government” was taking place, and that Ukraine was attempting to sway Hungary’s April 3 election in favor of a coalition of opposition parties.

The accusations came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a series of recent comments criticizing the Hungarian government’s handling of the conflict.

Hungary has also refused to supply Ukraine with weapons or allow their movement across its borders, in contrast to most of its European Union allies and alone among Ukraine’s EU neighbors.

The Hungarian administration has also fought hard against imposing sanctions on Russian energy supplies, claiming that doing so would severely harm the country’s economy.

Szijjarto alleged that Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, had contacted the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest about influencing Hungary’s election.

However, Szijjarto provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

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