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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó gives a press conference after meeting his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey on April 19. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungary still needs to ‘play its part’ and decide if it wants to show unity with the European Union by sanctioning Russia as the bloc works on its sixth round of proposals, a senior EU diplomat said on Friday. .

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels in front of reporters, the diplomat said the proposed sixth round of sanctions would include an oil embargo with the aim “to have a lasting impact on Russia’s ability to gain money and inflict heavy costs”.

The diplomat said the proposal still needed to be refined, as most European countries “have to phase out oil, and there are obviously realistic economic considerations that need to be taken into account and the availability of alternatives is obviously different from oil. one Member State to another. Member state.”

“So we have to resolve…those concerns one way or another,” the diplomat added.

The diplomat said he understood that there is an “existential oil dependence on Russia when it comes to Hungary”.

“The commission makes proposals, and at a certain point you have to bite the bullet, you know, and see where you want to be, and hopefully Hungary will be more open,” the diplomat said.

Hungary was offered “reasonable proposals”, the diplomat said, adding that the country will have to decide where it stands “so that we can continue to have this important EU unity and send the same signals to the Russia to stop the war”. effort,” the diplomat said.

“Negotiations continue every day, including weekends. So I don’t know where this is going to end,” the diplomat said.

On Wednesday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said Hungary would vote for EU sanctions against Russian oil only if the bloc offered solutions to the problems it posed.

“We made it clear to the European Commission that we can only vote for this proposal if Brussels comes up with a solution to the problems that Brussels would create,” Szijjártó said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

“We are waiting for a solution not only relating to the transformation of our refineries which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, not only relating to the increase in capacity of the oil pipeline [that runs] through Croatia to Hungary which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but also with regard to the future of the Hungarian economy, because, as I have already said, this current proposal is like “an atomic bomb “for the Hungarian economy,” Szijjártó continued.

Niamh Kennedy and Boglarka Kosztolanyi of CNN in London and Mayumi Maruyama in Tokyo contributed to this post.


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