The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent an official note to the Hungarian side and asked the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine to give a legal assessment of the actions of the Secretary of State of the Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary for National Policy Janos Arpad Potapy.
This is stated in the response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to OPORA's appeal.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine agrees with the position expressed in your letter regarding the existing signs of political campaigning in the actions of J.A. Potapy, which contradict with paragraph 1 of Article 57 of the Electoral Code of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly warned the Hungarian side against such steps, which are interference with the internal affairs of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent an official note to the Hungarian side and asked the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine to give a legal assessment of the actions of the Hungarian official. We thank the public non-governmental all-Ukrainian organization Civil Network OPORA for drawing attention to this situation". The above is mentioned in a letter signed by the director of the Second Territorial Department Vasyl Zvarych.
On October 8-9, Hungarian State Secretary for National Policy Arpad Janos Potapi, campaigned for the KMKS Party of Hungarians of Ukraine during a visit to Zakarpattia, including some facilities in Uzhhorod, as well as Uzhhorod and Berehovo raions. Civil Network OPORA has noted a number of facts that violate Ukrainian legislation, and appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to paragraph 4(4-1.6b, 86) of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine #281 “On Approval of the Regulations on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ensures national interests and international security of Ukraine by maintaining peaceful and mutually beneficial cooperation with foreign states based on generally accepted principles and norms of international law; can make statements, comments and explanations on foreign policy of Ukraine; and considers citizen appeals related to activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thus, Article 57(1.1) of the Election Code prohibits foreigners and stateless persons from participating in election campaigning, including through journalistic activities or participation in concerts, performances, sports competitions, and other public events held in support or with the support of a candidate (candidates) or their nominating entity.