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Hungary urges EU to disburse frozen aid to Moldova: foreign minister

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Hungary urges EU to disburse frozen aid to Moldova: foreign minister
FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto speaks at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias (not pictured) during the "Visegrad-4 plus Balkan-4 plus" meeting in Sounion, Greece, May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas   -   Copyright  Costas Baltas(Reuters)
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on the European Union should disburse a suspended aid package to Moldova, adding that the EU’s criticism of the east European country was not warranted.

Last month the EU announced it had frozen a 100 million euro aid package to Moldova after a disputed mayoral election race in the capital Chisinau which critics say undermined the country’s democratic credentials.

“Hungary believes the 100 million euros promised to Moldova must be disbursed … and there should not be double standards applied,” Szijjarto told a meeting of Hungarian ambassadors after meeting his Moldovan counterpart in Budapest.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Alison Williams)

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