NewsHungary's clash with NATO. Orban says "no" to military aid to Ukraine

Hungary's clash with NATO. Orban says "no" to military aid to Ukraine

The Hungarian government maintains close relations with the Kremlin
The Hungarian government maintains close relations with the Kremlin
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14 June 2024 21:17

During a radio interview, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban presented his government's position on aid to Ukraine on Friday, which may appeal to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

In the radio interview, Viktor Orban emphasized that Hungary will neither provide its territory for military purposes nor supply weapons to Ukraine. Nevertheless, he assured that at the next NATO summit in Washington, Budapest will not obstruct the allies' efforts to help Ukrainians defend themselves against Russian aggression.

Recently, Hungary opposed NATO's proposal to strengthen the Alliance's coordinating role in transferring weapons to Ukraine and training Ukrainian soldiers. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated in an interview with the Index portal that this crosses the red lines NATO set at the beginning of the war. He called the plans a "crazy mission."

Prime Minister Orban met in Budapest on Thursday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. During a joint press conference, the Hungarian politician admitted that his government's stance on Ukraine differs from that of the other 31 Alliance members.

"No Hungarian personnel will take part in these activities and no Hungarian funds will be used to support them," said Stoltenberg in an assessment.

Nonetheless, he assured that Hungary would not block decisions made by other member countries.

Orban presents position on aid to Ukraine

In Friday's interview, Orban stated that Hungary's stance might be difficult for NATO to accept but emphasized that the Alliance's concerns cannot outweigh national interests.

The Hungarian Prime Minister also commented on Thursday's CJEU ruling, which orders Hungary to pay a fine of £166 million for violating EU immigration policy. Orban said that every day of delay in complying with the ruling would cost Budapest £855,000.

Orban expressed the conviction that the consequences of the CJEU ruling will prove more painful for Brussels than for Hungary.

The Hungarian Prime Minister also criticized Brussels' actions, stating that for a Hungarian, what is happening there is difficult to understand from a cultural point of view. Orban described the decision to penalize Hungary for defending the European Union's borders as outrageous and unacceptable. He expressed the belief that for Brussels bureaucrats, illegal migrants are more important than European citizens.

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