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Péter Szijjártó opposes Hungary’s aid for Ukraine

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Péter Szijjártó opposes Hungary’s aid for Ukraine

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„The Hungarian government does not wish to participate in any way in the training of Ukrainian soldiers and the delivery of weapons, but the pressure on Hungary is enormous, and a major battle regarding NATO’s proposal is expected in the coming weeks, warned Budapest’s foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó”, cited by MTI.

NATO has begun to blur the red lines it previously drew, stating that the alliance does not partake in the war in Ukraine and that everything must be done to avoid direct confrontation with Russia, Szijjártó told governing party parliamentarians. He participated in a meeting of the Fidesz parliamentary group on Monday, as reported by News.ro.

“And now, we are dealing with a situation where the Secretary-General felt that NATO should now do something because it cannot be that NATO stays for two years and only member states, respectively the European Union, can carry out actions that threaten world security,” the minister said. He stated that NATO’s coordination role in arms transportation and the training of Ukrainian soldiers is desired to be increased, with allies preparing to adopt a support package of one hundred billion euros. Hungary does not wish to participate in these activities in any form, assured Szijjártó. “We want to stay away from this. We cannot prevent it, but we certainly want one thing, or rather, three things. One: Hungarian soldiers should not be forced to participate in such activities. Two: none of these actions should take place on Hungarian territory. And three: no money from Hungarian taxpayers should be used for such purposes,” enumerated the Hungarian Foreign Minister regarding Budapest’s conditions.

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“In all three respects, there is enormous, downright astonishing pressure on us,” accused Szijjártó. He specified that Hungary remained alone on this position, as the other two hesitant member states “were quickly led towards a common position.”

Péter Szijjártó maintains that pressures in this regard are already underway against Budapest in Brussels. “And they keep pushing us down. Now, we managed, for the most part, politically to make them aware that we do not want to participate in this, but from what I see, their minimum program is to try to at least involve us in the financial story,” declared the Hungarian official. “Now they are trying to pressure us, as if they say, well, if Hungarian soldiers don’t, Hungarian territory doesn’t, at least some money. And the fight in the coming weeks will be this: no, no, no,” emphasized Péter Szijjártó.

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“Today, in NATO circles, a clearly assumed standpoint, widely, openly, and without any sense of shame, is that Ukrainians must be helped even at the risk of one’s own security,” proclaimed the Hungarian minister. As an example, Szijjártó mentioned that Slovakia, which handed over all its military aircraft to Kiev, did not receive the timely command for military aircraft purchased from the West, therefore, the country’s air defense is now assured by Hungary and the Czech Republic. The Hungarian Foreign Minister reiterated that arms deliveries only maintain the status quo, with enormous losses. “Therefore, the only way out of this militarily is if the second scenario works, meaning the deployment of ground troops, which equals NATO’s involvement and the onset of a world war,” Szijjártó concluded.

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“The third scenario is that in such a war, the use of any means is allowed, and then comes the issue of nuclear warheads, about which we know for sure that one alone is enough to decide the future fate of the world, and there are thousands of warheads, on both sides,” warned Szijjártó. “A nuclear superpower cannot be defeated (…) What is happening is, in practice, the operation of a slaughterhouse,” concluded the Hungarian Foreign Minister.


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