The Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijarto, rejected the position adopted by Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, who criticized the country’s performance within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Szijjarto made the statement on his social networks, where he cited what Zelensky had said about Hungary’s behavior as a NATO member, which would be “inappropriate”. In this regard, the diplomat argued that “fortunately, it is not he who makes this decision.”
Ukraine’s president, backed by Western powers and NATO, has criticized Budapest for continuing the war against Russia because it should take a different stand in favor of his country as a member of the militarist bloc.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister’s response went further, recalling that thousands of his fellow citizens living in the Ukrainian region of Transcarpathia had been forcibly recruited by militias under orders from Kiev, and hundreds of them were already on the front lines. have lost their lives. Conflict.
“The Hungarian people had already paid too high a price,” he settled.
Hungary agrees with Russia
Despite Hungary’s commitments to NATO and its war plans, the central European nation has in the past withstood several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia because of its interests with Moscow in energy matters.
On 12 April, the two countries reached a new agreement to guarantee uninterrupted supplies of natural gas and oil over the next period.
At the time, Foreign Minister Szijjarto told Moscow that the uninterrupted supply of Russian gas to Hungary was vital and welcomed the extension of the option for Hungary, if necessary, to import gas beyond the quantities specified in long-term gas purchase agreements with the country. , look at the local media.
During last winter, about 80% of Hungary’s oil supply was transported through the Druzhba pipeline.