December 4, 2019 / 3:19 PM / 3 days ago

Hungary to block Ukraine's NATO membership over language law

BUDAPEST, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Hungary’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Budapest would block Ukraine’s membership in NATO until Kiev restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before a language law curbed minorities’ access to education in their mother tongues.

Hungary has clashed with Ukraine over what it says are curbs on the rights of roughly 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use their native tongue, especially in education, after Ukraine passed a law in 2017 restricting the use of minority languages. (Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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