Saying that the Ukrainian conflict can only end with the defeat of Russia is “dangerous and unacceptable”, insists Budapest
Hungary’s foreign ministry has rejected EU calls for Russia’s defeat in Ukraine, saying the bloc needs peace, not protracted conflict.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson made several statements about the hostilities this week, stressing that the bloc “Determination, determination and unity to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.” She also insisted that “To end this crisis, Putin must first lose.”
Responding on Friday, Tamas Menczer, State Secretary in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, accused Johansson of having “a very dangerous statement because it links the end of a crisis to a military event, which we don’t know when it will happen or if it happens at all.”
“This pro-war position from Brussels prolongs the conflict and the suffering. This is extremely dangerous and unacceptable. he insisted.
Menczer reiterated the Hungarian government’s position that “We need immediate peace instead of a longer war. Peace requires an immediate ceasefire and dialogue.
Hungary has remained relatively neutral since the outbreak of fighting in Ukraine in late February. He has refused to send weapons to kyiv unlike many other EU members and has consistently criticized the sanctions imposed by Brussels on Moscow. Budapest, which relies heavily on Russian energy, was also able to negotiate an exemption for itself from the bloc-wide ban on Russian oil.
Moscow, which has repeatedly invited kyiv to get behind the negotiating table, blamed the Ukrainian side for undermining any potential for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a statement that officially “impossible” to hold negotiations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This decision followed the inclusion of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk into Russia following referendums in these territories. kyiv and its Western supporters called the September votes a “fake” and continue to consider these regions as part of Ukraine.
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