Hungary supports diplomatic solution on Ukraine

Int’l Relations

Péter Szijjártó

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Hungary is opposed to any measures that would escalate the Ukrainian situation, but backs all efforts that support a negotiated resolution, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told journalists in Brussels on Monday, during a break in a meeting of his European Union peers, according to a report by news agency MTI.

"We do not want another Cold War....We don't want a Cold War frame of mind, either," Szijjártó said.

"We don't want to become the victims of any East-West conflict," he added.

He said Hungary supports diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation: "direct negotiations and communication instead of sending messages back and forth".

He also called for an end to "working up hysteria" over the matter.

Addressing the possibility of new sanctions, Szijjártó said it was "time for an honest analysis" of the impact of existing sanctions on Russia.

Fielding questions, he said Hungary has no plans to evacuate its diplomats from Kiev or change the travel advisory for the country "for the time being".

He added that the assessment of the situation in Ukraine is "not consistent among all NATO members", adding that there is not a "full consensus" on possible measures either.

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