Szijjártó: Russia important partner

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Hungary considers Russia an important partner, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said before talks with counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday. This was Szijjártó's first visit to Russia as foreign minister and he said he believes that Russia plays an exceptionally important role in energy supplies to central Europe.

"We are glad that we can work together in increasing energy security for the region," he added. Szijjártó also said that it is in Hungary's interest that practical and constructive cooperation should be rebuilt between Europe and Russia. For the first eight months of 2014, foreign trade between the two countries had been on decline, falling as much as 10%, but Russia is optimistic that once the sanctions imposed by the west and the international embargo is over, Hungarian products will find their way back to the Russian market.

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