Hungary Opposes Freeing up Further EUR 6.5 bln From EPF

Int’l Relations

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó

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Hungary is sticking to its earlier position and has not backed the freeing up of a further EUR 6.5bn from the European Peace Facility for arms deliveries to Ukraine, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said after a meeting of his European Union peers in Brussels on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szijjártó said he had held firm to the government's position advocating peace and avoiding any escalation of the war in spite of "enormous pressure" from his colleagues.

Hungary also couldn't back another package of sanctions against Russia, the fourteenth, as the draft, in its current form, went against Hungary's economic interests and could put the security of the country's energy supply at risk, he added.

Szijjártó said suggestions regarding the introduction of conscription in Europe were "crazy" and "unacceptable". He added that Hungary didn't support even the discussion of a proposal to continue a training mission for Ukrainian soldiers in the area of Ukraine.

 He said that Hungarian companies were still facing "systematic negative discrimination" in Ukraine.

Commenting on a discussion of the situation in the Middle East, during which the EU ministers were joined by their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, as well as the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Szijjártó said he had acknowledged the Arab states for acting as intermediaries in the interest of freeing hostages. He also pointed to the importance of reaching an understanding on secure passage through Red Sea shipping channels.

He said there was no unified position within the EU on a two-state solution, adding that "many, many debates" regarding the matter were ahead.

Szijjártó said he was the only minister at the meeting to defend Georgia after legislation was approved there protecting the country's sovereignty and requiring the registration of organizations supported by foreign funding. He added that Hungary would give its full support to Tbilisi's integration when it took the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year. Hopefully, the other member states won't block that process, he said.

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