Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban marked the friendly match played between the national teams of Hungary and Greece in Budapest. The scarf Orban wore when he came to the match did not go unnoticed.
WEAR A LARGE HUNGARY SCARF
According to the news quoted by the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper, a map of “Greater Hungary”, which includes parts of Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine, was seen on the scarf. These lands belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary until the end of the First World War.
“EUROPE IS SANCTIONED ON ORBAN”
Romania’s Member of Parliament in the European Parliament, Alin Mitula, reacted harshly to Orban, saying, “This is another irresponsible act of Viktor Orbán, who appears to be wearing a scarf with a map of Greater Hungary. This put Orbán next to Putin, who also dreams of changing borders. “The EU leaders should sanction him and isolate him in the Council of Europe.”
HARD REACTION FROM UKRAINE TO HUNGARY
Reactions to Orban’s scarf were quick. Calling the Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Ijdyarto by phone, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that it was unacceptable for Orban to wear the scarf with the map of Greater Hungary.
Kyiv WAITING FOR AN APPOINTMENT
In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, it was emphasized that “Ukraine expects an apology for this incident and hopes that the Hungarian side will avoid steps that can be considered disrespectful to the territorial integrity of our state from now on”. It was emphasized that such actions do not contribute to the development of good neighborly relations between Ukraine and Hungary.
“BIAL DIALOGUE CONFLITS WITH THE ATMOSPHERE”
In addition to Ukraine, there was also a reaction from Romania. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveyed to the Hungarian ambassador in Bucharest that it strongly disapproves of the gesture of the foreign ministers of the two countries, which clearly contradicts the renewed atmosphere of bilateral dialogue during the recent consultations,” Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement continued: “Any revisionist manifestation, in any form, is unacceptable. It contradicts current realities and the obligations that Romania and Hungary have jointly agreed to establish bilateral relations within the framework of the defining parameters of the main document governing bilateral relations, namely the Treaty. “
“FOOTBALL IS NOT POLITICS”
After the harsh reactions, Viktor Orban had to make a statement. Orban tried to soften the reactions by saying, “Football is not politics.”
NOT ORBAN’S FIRST MOVEMENT!
Viktor Orban, who previously brought Greater Hungary to the agenda, published a photo of a globe in 2020 that also showed the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary before the end of the First World War. According to the Treaty of Trianon signed in 1920, the Kingdom of Hungary lost most of its former territory.