President of Hungary Janos Ader urged Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to pay attention to the problem of pollution of the river Tisza. Zelensky letter, dated July 3, was published on the website of Ader July 7.
“I was very saddened to learn of Tisa, which has risen the water level due to recent rains again brought a large amount of waste from Ukraine to Hungary. Basically, it’s plastic bottles that cover the surface of the river like a dirty carpet.”
Ader pointed out that the pollution “has a serious impact on wildlife that are especially sensitive to various changes in the environment after contamination [of the river] with cyanide in Romania in 2000”.
Hungarian President reminded Zelensky, that the Hungarian government “has repeatedly appealed to the Ukrainian authorities, but their constant willingness to cooperate is still accompanied by a minor action and still little improvement in the situation.”
He said that he was disappointed by the continuing pollution of the Tisza and called to prevent similar in the future.
“I respectfully ask you once again to use their influence in order to find a solution to the problem of pollution of our common treasure – yew – waste. I believe that the decisive actions of the Ukrainian authorities (creation of infrastructure for collection, recovery and disposal of waste) and the cooperation of the population could guarantee that debris will not fall into the river in any substantial increase in water level,” said Ader.
A similar letter relating to the pollution of the somes river (left tributary of the Tisza, flowing through the territory of Romania and Hungary), Ader has written to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis.
Agency Reuters notes that the Office of the President of Ukraine and administration of the Romanian head of state quickly were not able to provide commentary on the letters Ader.