"There is confrontation ongoing but neither our side nor theirs makes concessions. We are not afraid of this diplomatic standoff as we are sure we are taking the correct action in line with our international obligations," Kuleba said.
"We do not intend to dump our position. We do not want political confrontation with Hungary, nor do we want to meet inappropriate demands. We are not willing to satisfy them," the diplomat said.
According to him, despite tensions in bilateral relations caused by the education language, Hungary is interested in Ukraine’s security.
"Despite controversy in the field of education, sanctions against the Russian Federation have been extended," Kuleba said.
"As for the security, both Hungary and Poland have interest in Ukraine being a great power capable of defending itself and be Europe’s efficient eastern flank of in a broad sense. However, we should entertain no illusions, we must rely on ourselves, build up our own capabilities since everyone wants to be in friendly terms with a strong country," he said.
On Sept. 5, 2017, Ukraine's parliament adopted Education Act of Ukraine providing that education in schools can be held in the languages of ethnic minorities up to 4th grade. From the 5th grade up, school students are obliged to take all classes in Ukrainian, the only state language in Ukraine. The provision sparked criticism by Budapest, which threatened to block Ukraine decisions in the EU over the language provision. On Sept. 25, President Poroshenko signed the bill.
The Ukraine's Education Act has been opposed by Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, and Moldova.
The bill came into force on Sept. 28.
On Oct. 10, head of Hungarian Foreign Ministry Peter Szijjarto refused to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin during the former's visit to the Zakarpattia region of Ukraine.