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Bakondi: Compulsory army recruitment unnecessary in Hungary

While news surfaced that the Swedish Interior Minister is planning to reinstate compulsory military recruitment, Hungary is not in need of such measures, György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the Prime Minister, said according to Hungarian online daily origo.hu.

In an interview with state-owned all-news channel M1 yesterday, Bakondi reportedly said that although it is unnecessary to reinstate compulsory army recruitment, the number of reserves in the Hungarian army should remain at “appropriate” levels.

The security advisor added that negotiations in Parliament are expected to begin tomorrow regarding changes to the application for the Hungarian army, to be recorded in Hungaryʼs fundamental law, news agency MTI reported. No further details have been made public on the matter since.

Bakondi stressed the importance of defending Hungaryʼs external borders, as uncontrolled entrance to the country poses a potential threat to public and national security, origo.hu reported.

The advisor reportedly added that the Hungarian government will do everything in its power during forums of the V4 countries to help elevate the importance and role of external border controls.