Hungary says it will seek legal ways to challenge a European Parliament vote to start Article 7 proceedings against the country.
The European Parliament voted to discipline Hungary for undermining democratic values, setting off a process that could lead to the suspension of the country's voting rights.
It is the first time that the Parliament launches the so-called 'nuclear option' against a member state.
Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Foreign Minister said that the European Parliament's decision is a "petty revenge" against Hungary by pro-immigration politicians.
"This decision was born through fraud and in a way that goes directly against and contradicts the provisions of European contracts,” Szijjarto said.
Philippe Dam, Human Rights Watch’s advocacy director for Europe and Central Asia, says that now the EU Commission will have to put pressure on Hungary.
"So far what we have seen is a kind of failure to address this issue and a failure to really press Viktor Orban to deliver and to redress the situation," Dam said.