Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said that the statement by Romanian prime minister Mihai Tudose in relation to Hungarian autonomy aspirations is totally unacceptable, and shows disgraceful disregard for European values and 21st-century norms, Kormany.hu reported. Szijjarto informed reporters that Romania’s ambassador to Budapest had been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Friday morning in relation to the affair.
The minister was responding to a report on news portal Scnews.ro on Wednesday evening which stated that the Romanian prime minister had told television news station Realitatea the following in relation to Hungarian autonomy aspirations: “My answer is the same as it was when, to mark some day or other, they tried to raise their flag. At the time I made it clear that if that flag is fluttering in the wind, the local people responsible for it will also be hanging up there next to it”.
The ruling Fidesz party’s communications director Balazs Hidveghi said in a statement that Tudose’s words “cross every line, are unprecedented in European politics and are forever etched into the soul and memory of all Hungarians”, adding that an immediate apology “would be the minimum”. Opposition parties also protested Tudose's remark.