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Visegrád Four to coordinate Ukraine refugee inflow

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The foreign ministers of the Visegrád Four (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) stated earlier this week that the situation in Ukraine remains volatile after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych; this was followed up by release of a joint statement yesterday announcing that the ministers have agreed to improve their coordination should Ukrainian refugees cross into their countries. 

“The ministers reiterate their strong interest in maintaining the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine and call on all actors to refrain from any action that could undermine this,” a statement read in part.

Of the Visegrád Four nations, only the Czech Republic does not share a border with Ukraine. The remaining three have over 620 kilometers in combined borderland with Europe's second-largest country geographically: 103 km with Hungary, 266 km with Poland, and 90 km with Slovakia.

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