Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was photographed wearing the scarf at a soccer match between Hungary and Greece (score 2-1) in Budapest on Sunday.

The scarf features the borders of the former Kingdom of Hungary, which includes present-day Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

However, Orban’s decision to display this map at a public event was criticized by two of Hungary’s European neighbors, according to Euronews.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry expressed its “firm disapproval” and accused the Hungarian Prime Minister of “revisionism”.

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“Any manifestation of a revisionist nature, regardless of the form it takes, is unacceptable and contrary to the current realities and the commitments assumed jointly by Romania and Hungary. This attitude is in obvious contrast to the atmosphere of opening and relaunching the bilateral dialogue manifested within recent consultations”, it is stated in a statement issued by the Romanian MAE.

On the other hand, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared, on Tuesday, that it will summon the Hungarian ambassador to Ukraine in connection with this matter.

“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. The Hungarian ambassador will be invited to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be informed about the unacceptable nature of Viktor Orban’s actions,” he wrote on Facebook spokesman of the ministry, Oleg Nikolenko.

Nikolenko also said that Ukraine expects an “official apology” from Budapest for violating its “territorial integrity”.

Orban has previously incited the anger of Hungary’s neighbors by sharing images of “Greater Hungary” on social media.

“Football is not politics, let’s not see what is not there. The Hungarian national team is the team of all Hungarians, no matter where they live,” he wrote on Facebook.

The Treaty of Trianon, a national tragedy for Hungarians

Maps of the historical region include the territories that Hungary lost in 1920 under the Treaty of Trianon after the First World War.

The loss of two-thirds of its territory is considered a national tragedy by much of Hungarian society. Maps of “Greater Hungary” have also been displayed at far-right rallies.

Romanian MEP Alin Mituța (PLUS) categorized Orban’s gesture as “irresponsible”, in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the “annexation” of territories.

“It’s a revisionist gesture that puts Orban alongside Putin, who also dreams of border changes. He should be sanctioned and isolated by EU leaders in the European Council,” Mituța wrote on Twitter.

Viktor Orban has previously been accused of stoking tensions over the large ethnic Hungarian community living in Romania.


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Publication date: 23-11-2022 09:16

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