Budapest against further sanctions against Moscow, pleads for discussion
by Jan Strupczewski
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should stop piling up sanctions on Russia and push for a ceasefire and for talks, an adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.
Speaking on the sidelines of a European summit during which the Twenty-Seven officially granted the status of candidate for entry into the Union to Ukraine and Moldova, Balazs Orban said he believed that new sanctions would penalize the European bloc more than Russia.
“At the end of the day, Europe will be on the losing side of this war because of the economic difficulties,” added Balazs Orban, who is not related to the head of government.
Very dependent on imports of Russian hydrocarbons, Hungary curbs as much as it can initiatives that it deems hostile to Moscow, especially since Russia is building a nuclear reactor on Hungarian soil.
“Now, we know, the more sanctions we accept, the worse our situation will be. What about the Russians? Yes, it will penalize them too, but they will survive,” said Balazs Orban.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; editing by Grant McCool)