Reports that thousands of Hungarians are crossing over to Hungary from Transcarpathia in Ukraine are false, the Hungarian foreign ministry’s state secretary told public television on Monday morning.
However, a few hundred young Hungarians have set off from Vynohradiv (Nagyszolos), on false rumours that the army was mobilising in Ukraine, Zsolt Nemeth told public TV M1.
He said in fact the situation was that Ukraine has put its army on stand-by and Hungarians with Ukrainian citizenship need not be concerned about being drafted to the army, said Nemeth.
The operative staff set up by Budapest to coordinate Hungarian measures concerning the Ukrainian conflict has made preparations for every eventuality including the arrival of a large number of refugees, Nemeth said.
Border crossing activity was normal on Sunday along the Ukrainian border section, the police said on Monday.
Nemeth refuted claims by the opposition that the Hungarian government had failed to state a position concerning the Russian intervention in Ukraine, noting that Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi had repeatedly stated that Russia’s move into the Crimea Peninsula was a clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Nemeth called it important to work out an international mechanism based on which the crisis in Ukraine could be handled and a dialogue could be started between Ukraine and Russia.
He said that beside the leading powers and the EU, international organisations such as the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe must be included in that process.
The Budapest Memorandum, signed by the United States, Britain, Russia and Ukraine in 1994 which guarantees Ukraine’s territorial unity, could also serve as a framework for addressing the issue of the current crisis in Ukraine, Nemeth said.