Hungarian PM urged to boycott Finno-Ugric summit
Hungary Around the Clock, 16.07.2007
Fidesz MP Zsolt Németh, Chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány not to attend the Finno-Ugric summit in Russia on Thursday, arguing that the meeting could isolate Estonia, which has not been invited.
Russian President Vladimir Putin invited leaders of Finland and Hungary to the event, but has not invited Estonia, whose language also belongs to the Finno-Ugric family.
Government spokeswoman Bernadett Budai said Hungary regrets that Estonia has not been invited to the meeting. Németh’s claim is extraordinary, she added, as not even the Estonian government has asked Gyurcsány to stay away from the meeting.