Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has angered his country’s eastern neighbours Romania and Ukraine by wearing a football scarf adorned with a map of an expanded Hungary when greeting Hungarian footballers.
The image on the football scarf represents Greater Hungary – the old Hungarian imperial territory that existed before Austria-Hungary’s defeat in World War One.
Romania and Ukraine were the first to voice their disapproval of Orban’s gesture, in a message to the Hungarian ambassador to Bucharest, while Ukraine even demanded an official apology.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said Kyiv was summoning Hungary’s ambassador “who will be informed of the unacceptability of Viktor Orban’s act”. “The promotion of revisionist ideas in Hungary does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not correspond to the principles of European politics,” he said on Facebook.
The image of Greater Hungary on Orban’s scarf also includes Serbian territories so why Serbian authorities did not react?
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić often talks about his great friendship with Viktor Orban. In September, Orban was honoured in Belgrade where Vučić presented him with the Order of the Republic of Serbia and said that the Hungarian PM always supported Serbia in its difficult moments, and thanked him for his friendship.
On the occasion, Vučić also said that that was the highest recognition that Serbia can bestow on someone and that he felt honoured to be able to bestow Orban.
Diplomat and former ambassador to Belarus Srećko Đukić says that Serbia, as a rule, does not react to such provocations by Orban.
“It is inexplicable why there is no reaction, especially considering the level of personal relations between Vučić and Orban. Their personal relationship cannot trump the state’s interests. It is important to point out one more thing here – we are somehow used to Vučić commenting on everything himself, which is really not diplomatic practice. And I don’t think anything is being done (regarding this incident) because the relationship with Hungary lies solely in Vučić’s hands”, says Đukić.
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