Hungarian government removes video depicting Crimea as part of Russia after Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's demarche
Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires in Hungary has formally lodged a demarche with the Hungarian authorities regarding a video that displayed a map of Ukraine without marking Crimea as Ukrainian territory. On June 4, the Hungarian government removed the video; however, no official comments were provided regarding the incident
Telex reported the information.
According to the outlet, the edited video, which correctly depicted Crimea as part of Ukraine, was initially published on Saturday evening. However, it was not uploaded on the government's official YouTube channel but on the channel of analyst André Palóc. Subsequently, the video was removed from the analyst's channel and then shared on the government's website.
The Hungarian government did not provide any comments on the video, but the old video, which depicted Crimea as part of Russia, was removed.
Yesterday, on June 3, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on a video with an incorrect map of Ukraine that was published on May 30 on the Hungarian government's YouTube channel.
"On the instructions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukraine's Charge d'Affaires in Hungary lodged an official demarche with the Hungarian side," the statement said.
Furthermore, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry emphasized that labeling the Crimean peninsula as a territory separate from Ukraine "contradicts the repeatedly stated position of the official Budapest on support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders."
Ukrainian diplomats stressed that Hungary must "stop provocations and comply with its international obligations as a member of the UN, EU and NATO."
"Playing along with Russia's policy of aggression does not contribute to a faster restoration of peace in Europe, which the Hungarian government advocates in public," the Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, Hungary's Prime Minister Orban stated that it is unlikely for anyone to be able to defeat Russia.
On June 2, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged Ukraine to initiate peace talks with Russia, cautioning about the potential for substantial losses in the event of a counteroffensive.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is committed to Russian narratives, and Ukraine doesn't exist for him as a political and historical phenomenon