Hungary dismisses Ukraine’s call for arms supplies
The Hungarian government does not wish to risk the lives and security of the Hungarian people and does not wish to “pay for war,” Peter Szijjarto stressed
Hungary has dismissed Ukraine’s call for allowing the delivery of weapons through its territory and for stopping the import of Russian oil and gas, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said about the results of the first day of the EU summit in Brussels.
He said that while addressing the summit’s participants by video link on Thursday Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky “repeated Ukraine’s two well-known demands: permission to Hungary to supply weapons through its territory and an end to the import of natural gas and oil from Russia.
The Hungarian government will not agree to this, because it does not wish to risk the lives and security of the Hungarian people and does not wish to “pay for war,” Szijjarto said on his Facebook page (an Internet platform banned in Russia since it is owned by Meta corporation, deemed extremist by Russian authorities).
“The security of Hungary and of the Hungarian people is of paramount importance to us,” Szijjarto said. For this reason, he explained, the Hungarian government will do its utmost to prevent Hungary from being involved in hostilities, because it does not wish to put people’s lives at risk by transiting weapons, which might become “military targets.”
Also, he said that an end to the import of Russian oil and gas Ukraine was calling for would strip Hungary of sources of energy.
“For this reason, the Hungarian government does not support the idea of spreading sanctions to the supplies of energy resources,” Szijjarto said. “We should stay as far away as possible from this war.”