Hungary Backs EUR 500 mln EU Aid to Ukrainian Military

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Hungary backed the mobilization of a further EUR 500 million by European Union Member States to support Ukraine's Armed Forces in the framework of the European Peace Facility (EPF) at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, but Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó offered no assurances of support for the next tranche, according to state news wire MTI.

"Hungary consented to ensuring the resources now, but I signaled at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting that I can't guarantee that it will be the same the next time round," Szijjártó said at a press conference during a break at the meeting, pointing to the need for funding for efforts to secure Europe's frontier against illegal migration, too.

Hungary is contributing EUR 10 million to the EPF which is now over EUR 3 bln, he added.

Szijjártó said Hungary did not vote in support of an initiative to set up a Military Assistance Mission to train Ukrainian soldiers, but exercised a "constructive abstention", allowing EU members who want to, to participate. Hungary will neither participate nor contribute financially to the initiative, he added.

"We do not think that anything leading to an escalation is a good idea," Szijjártó said.

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