In addition, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry once again criticized the EU sanctions against Russia.
Hungary will not support a plan for long-term financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of up to 18 billion euros, which was presented the day before by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
As Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said at a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the countries of the Central European Initiative in Bulgaria on November 7, Budapest has already provided Ukraine with significant financial assistance and is ready to continue doing so in the future. At the same time, he stressed that Hungary would not support the long-term joint borrowing plan, as it was ineffective during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hungary has spent “tens and hundreds of millions of euros” to support healthcare, education, culture and churches in Ukraine, Szijjártó said.
“We are ready to continue financial support on a bilateral basis, on the basis of a bilateral agreement between Ukraine and Hungary. But we certainly will not support any joint EU borrowing in this area,” he added.
In addition, the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry once again criticized the sanctions against the Russian Federation imposed by the European Union due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to Szijjártó, they do no harm to Moscow and most of all they hit only the residents of the EU
War in Ukraine: the position of Hungary
On October 17, 2022, the head of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjarto , announced that he did not vote for the creation of an EU training mission for the Ukrainian military. He stressed that Hungary will not spend funds on a training mission for the defenders of Ukraine and will not accommodate its participants.
Previously, it was also reported that Peter Szijjarto met in New York with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov and told him that he did not support the new EU sanctions against the Russian Federation.
At the same time, on November 6, 2022, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry responded to Putin’s statements that the state has territorial claims against Ukraine . Foreign Ministry officials called such statements “wrong” because they “deepen the conflict.” At the same time, the ministry did not refute the words of the Russian president.