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Hungary will not veto EU sanctions against Russia - Szijjártó

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Péter Szijjártó

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Hungary is part of the joint European position and will not veto the "Eastern" sanctions, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Speaking from Ferenc Liszt International Airport before traveling to Egypt and Bahrein as head of a delegation of 70 Hungarian businessmen, Szijjártó said developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict had taken a turn in the past few days that are contrary to the security interests of "Hungary, Central Europe, and indeed the whole of Europe".

"Hungary firmly supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty as we always have, and we will not break ranks regarding the European response...," the minister said. Szijjártó added that Hungary and Central Europe had a vested interest in maintaining peace and avoiding war.

The deteriorating security situation, he argued, had brought about "a serious disinformation and fake news campaign".

"Fake news and lies about Hungary's position appeared in both Western and Eastern media yesterday," he added.

Despite all reports to the contrary, Hungary shared the EU's stance, the minister said.

The permanent representatives of member states to the EU held a meeting on Tuesday, alongside an informal meeting of the foreign affairs council, Szijjártó said. The EU ambassadors will meet again later on Wednesday to finalize the sanctions the EU is imposing in response to the developments in eastern Europe in the past few days, he said.

"We Hungarians who live in the region are clinging to hope beyond hope that a solution of one kind or another can be found through diplomacy, and we ask the players on the world stage who have a role here to not give up the hope of, and opportunity for, dialogue," he explained.

Until the last channels of communication are closed, Hungary will hope for a peaceful solution, Szijjártó said.

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