Russia: Viktor Orban wants to lift EU sanctions by the end of 2022
Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who regularly blames European Union (EU) sanctions on Russia, wants them lifted by December, and a “National consultation” is started on the topic.
At an internal meeting of the ruling Fidesz party, the leader called on his troops “do everything to ensure that Europe lifts the sanctions by the end of the year at the latest”writes the pro-government newspaper Magyar Nemzet, just as Brussels is thinking about new ones.
Contacted by AFP, the government “Approved” subject information.
At the same time, Fidesz announced the forthcoming launch of a public consultation, a method used since 2015 to denounce, for example, the EU’s migration policy or the payment of legal compensation to detainees and Roma.
The questionnaire aims to give Hungary “the opportunity to express their opinion on the topic”said the party’s faction leader, Mate Kocsis, to the press. “It is not normal that the sanctions are only decided by the Brussels elite”.
Mr Orban, keen to maintain close ties with the Kremlin, continues to castigate the EU strategy, which he says is having a devastating impact on the economy.
Hungary has been hit by runaway inflation and energy supply concerns this winter amid heavy reliance on Russian hydrocarbons.
As the ultra-conservative prime minister co-ordinated sanctions with his European partners, he secured a pipeline oil waiver and brokered a deal with Russian giant Gazprom to secure additional supplies.
The new criticism of Budapest comes as EU foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (September 21) to discuss additional sanctions beforehand “The Final Escalation” from Moscow.
Russia has announced the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists and threatened to resort to nuclear weapons.
The head of Hungarian diplomacy, Peter Szijjarto, who was in New York, estimated that the sanctions would be tightened “would only make things worse”.
“Europe suffers more than Russia from restrictions imposed in response to the war in Ukraine”he said earlier this week, calling for “abandoning an eighth package of measures”.
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