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DK says PMʼs autocratic ties weaken Hungary

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Head of leftist opposition Democratic Coalitionʼs (DK) foreign affairs cabinet, Attila Ara-Kovács, said that while the Hungarian governmentʼs relationships with western democracies have "tragically deteriorated," its "almost unilateral friendship" with autocratic states has made the country vulnerable, Hungarian news agency MTI reported early this morning.

Ara-Kovács said that while Hungary should maintain state-level ties with its neighbors, even if some are not democracies, these "relations should not harm Hungaryʼs strategic alliance based on shared values." These alliances, he said, will "ensure protection and add to the country," while being friends with autocratic states makes Hungary vulnerable.

He insisted the government emphasizes these more easterly relations, because it is from this direction that it can "expect support for its corrupt, anti-humanitarian policies". The ruling party Fidesz dismissed these assertions as "ridiculous."

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