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Szijjártó advocates 'strong, stable' Ukraine

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Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said Hungary needs a "stable and economically strong Ukraine" following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Hungarian news agency MTI reported late Friday. 

Szijjártó said that Hungary is expecting to contribute with €100,000 to a NATO fund set up to strengthen Ukraine's cyber-defence capabilities is also planning to contribute an equal amount to OSCE's Ukraine mission. Furthermore, Szijjártó said, the Hungarian Eximbank is ready to finance Ukrainian state projects involving Hungarian contractors. “Ukraine can only become a stable and strong country if its territorial integrity and sovereignty are respected” Szijjártó said.

"Additionally, Ukraine should carry out with no delay its structural reforms that will enable the country to strengthen politically and economically," he added. "We will make experts available to the Ukrainian government for the reform of state administration, decentralization and legal harmonization with the European Union."

Szijjártó also said he was in agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart that border crossing procedures between Hungary and Ukraine need to be speeded up and preparations made for joint border control.

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