Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that his country sees no point in applying a new package of sanctions against Russia.
“Our position is very clear. We do not see any point in applying a new package of sanctions, especially when it comes to energy. For us, this is a clear red line. We do not want to force the Hungarian people to pay for a war they did not participate in,” Szijjártó said in a statement.
The minister continued: “Of course, if there is a project, we will participate in the discussions, but we will not give our consent to anything that is contrary to our national interests.”
The head of Hungarian diplomacy noted in the context that “the European economy is heading for recession”, expressing the conviction that “this is completely contrary to the interests of Europe and its peoples. We hope that peace will come as soon as possible.” , and it’s in our best interest that everything be resolved.”
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States.
In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy, noting that the main goal of the West is to further worsen the lives of millions of people.