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Adviser to the Prime Minister of Hungary Orban urged the EU to focus on negotiations with Russia

European Union (EU) should stop imposing sanctions on Russia and instead push for a ceasefire and negotiations. This call was made by the adviser to the Prime Minister of Hungary on political issues, Balazs Orban, in a conversation with Reuters.

In his opinion, otherwise Europe will be on the losing side due to economic problems. He explained that the more sanctions the EU takes, the more they harm the union itself, while Russia survives. “Yes, they are also bad, but they survive. And even worse, they continue the operation in Ukraine,” Orban said.

Special position of Budapest

Previously, the European Union officially introduced the sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions. The main measure under the new sanctions package was a partial embargo on oil supplies from Russia. At the same time, it was Hungary that achieved an exception from the EU in the embargo on Russian oil imports: pipeline supplies, on which the country is seriously dependent, were not included in the next package of sanctions Brussels.

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Regarding the next package of sanctions that could affect Russian gas exports, Hungarian government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkyraji compared EU policy with a “shot in the lungs”. She added that the country would bluntly state its position if the proposed sanctions run counter to the interests of its population.

“If the proposals to impose sanctions do not suit the Hungarian people, then we will sharply declare this. I can say that if the initial introduction of the oil embargo meant a shot in the leg for Europe, then the gas embargo will practically equal a shot in the lungs. Not only Hungary, but in general all European countries will not be able to compensate for the huge amount of gas that comes from Russia,” Sentkiraji stressed.

Contrary to the policy of Brussels

Member of the US House of Representatives Raja Krishnamurthy spoke with the initiative to impose sanctions against Hungary. He sent the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken letter in which he called State Department cooperate with the European Union on the issue of imposing an embargo on oil from Russia. In particular, Krishnamurti said that if Budapest continues to obstruct EU negotiations, Washington should consider imposing restrictive measures against Hungarian companies that still do business with exporters of Russian fuel.

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See also Budapest asked to exclude Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia from the sanctions list. Moreover, the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto named this question is a matter of principle.

He explained that Hungary insists on freedom of religion. According to the Hungarian minister, it would be “terrifying to think what kind of processes the inclusion in the sanctions list of the leader of one of the most important Christian churches in Europe could lead to.” Finally the head ROC avoided sanctions precisely because of the firm position of Budapest.

Pro-Hungarian politics

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban is not afraid to argue with anyone, including the European Union, because he positions himself as a defender of the Hungarian state and the Hungarian nation. On this indicated Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Regional Studies, Russian State University for the Humanities Vadim Trukhachev.

He is not pro-Russian, and not pro-Chinese, and not pro-American, not pro-German, or anything else. He is Provenger

Vadim TrukhachevAssociate Professor, Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Regional Studies, Russian State University for the Humanities

At the same time, the Hungarian authorities clearly separate their relations with Russia from relations with Ukraine: Budapest has been arguing with Kyiv because of the position of ethnic Hungarians in Ukrainian Transcarpathia. “Hungary will become pro-Ukrainian only if [президент Украины Владимир] Zelensky or anyone else will voluntarily transfer the south-west of Transcarpathia to Hungary,” the political scientist emphasized.

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