“An unjustified meeting” – Zoltán Maruzsa is not impressed by the Ukrainians’ protest

Ukraine; geography; textbook; Zoltán Maruzsa;

2022-09-15 08:23:00

A geography textbook caused diplomatic tension, one of whose drawings depicts the Russian occupation as a civil war in Ukraine.

“There is no reason for a meeting in this matter,” – this is how the Ministry of the Interior responded according to hvg.hu To the Embassy of Ukraine in Budapest, when the temporary charge d’affaires initiated a consultation regarding a drawing in a Hungarian textbook.

As previously reported by our paper, Kyiv demanded a few days ago that the eighth graders’ textbook be rewritten, the text and drawings of which suggest that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is actually a civil war.

The diplomatic representation of Ukraine first contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, from where they were directed to the competent department – that is, to the State Secretary for Public Education, Zoltán Maruzsa. According to the information of the portal, not only was there a telephone inquiry, but István Balog – who has been leading the embassy as a temporary charge d’affaires since the departure of the previous ambassador Ljubov Nepop in August – personally expressed his concerns to the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and even handed over a verbal diplomatic note in which he objects to the text of the textbook and urges the settlement of the case. As far as they know, there has been no reaction to the verbal list yet, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informally informed the embassy that, according to the official position, Russia is an aggressor and Hungary recognizes the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The temporary administrator István Balog did not want to comment on the reports, he only said that “we are working on settling the case”.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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