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    Hungary believes that the tension in relations between Russia and NATO should by no means escalate into an open military confrontation. This was stated in an interview with RIA Novosti by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

    – said the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Szijjártó stated that he and many other members of his generation (Peter Szijjártó was born in 1978 – Gazeta) used to “feed the hope of never surviving the war that befell his parents.”

    “And this expectation at the end of February turned out to be an illusion. We do not want to jeopardize the existence of the planet, because the direct conflict between NATO and Russia has no end, and everyone understands what this means. That is why every time we meet with NATO colleagues, the number one task for us is to prevent a conflict between the Russian Federation and NATO,” the diplomat emphasized.

    Hungary does not want to impose

    Following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Hungarian Foreign Minister said that Budapest does not support the desire to impose new sanctions against Russia in the energy sector.

    Hungarians should not pay for the unrelated military conflict in Ukraine – this is contrary to their national interests, the diplomat added.

    Earlier Szijjarto noted that EU anti-Russian sanctions failed because they failed to stop the fighting in Ukraine, but exacerbated the economic crisis in Europe.

    Europe will not lift sanctions

    Peter Szijjarto also said that European countries At this stage, they do not discuss the possibility of lifting the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation. “No, no, everything is exactly the opposite,” the minister said.

    At the same time, the diplomat found it difficult to answer the question whether the shortage of energy resources in winter could induce European countries to ease the restrictions imposed against Russia.

    On September 20, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that the European Union should lift sanctions against Russia by the end of 2022.

    According to him, the sanctions imposed more harm to Europe itself.

    On September 18, Orban once again drew attention to the fact that Europe’s sanctions are hitting Europe itself, the EU is “shooting itself in the foot.” The Hungarian prime minister expressed the opinion that “the war in Ukraine could last until 2030”, and Ukraine risks losing up to half of its territory.

    Almost pro-Russian

    At the end of March, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that Budapest would continue to refuse to support sanctions pressure on Russia in the energy sector.

    Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk condemned position of Hungary regarding the Ukrainian crisis, stating that not all “satellites of Russia” act like Budapest in the current situation. According to her, the Hungarian leadership actually says “no” to all proposals aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow in the context of the continuation of the Russian special operation.

    this is now being done by the official Hungarian leadership. [In Budapest] sanctions are not supported. Not only do they not give weapons, but they also do not let weapons from other countries pass through their territory. In fact, they say no to everything, ”Vereshchuk announced.

    “ A little more – and the rhetoric of official Budapest will be openly pro-Russian. What’s this? Do you want cheap Russian gas? Or maybe you want our Transcarpathia?” – added the Ukrainian official.

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