Jobbik MEP Béla Kovács blacklisted in Ukraine

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I've received neither oral nor written notification from Ukrainian officials of the punitive measures against me said Béla Kovács, Member of the European Parliament to MTI on Friday.

APA Austrian news agency reported yesterday that Kiev is ready to introduce punitive measures against the Crimean referendum observers whose majority have already been banned from entering Ukraine including MEP Béla Kovács.

The punitive measures might affect about twenty European Union citizens. Ukrainian secret service (SBU)reported that politicians included on the blacklist are not allowed to travel to Ukraine in the next three years reported APA.

Kovács reacted to the news by saying that he was shocked by the harsh measures because his reports as a Crimean election observer were unbiased. Kovács said his mandate had required him to report on what he had experienced during the referendum; he worked without any political influence just like the rest of the observers.

Kovács also remarked that his Transcarpathian office closed down two weeks ago and no longer functioning.

He has no plans to travel to Transcarpathia in the near future, and he regrets that he can't continue his work as a parliamentarian and can't keep personal contact with Transcarpathian Hungarians.

(MTI –


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