Russian-Hungarian cooperation at 'unparalleled' level - Lavrov

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said cooperation between Russia and Hungary has reached an earlier unmatched degree in spite of European Union sanctions that have hit trade with Eastern European countries especially hard, in an interview with daily Magyar Nemzet published on Monday.

"With regard to Russian-Hungarian relations, especially trade and economic ties, we see no perceptible points of agitation that cannot be smoothed over in the course of everyday working meetings," Lavrov said commenting on the impact of the EU's economic sanctions against Russia.

He said the "formula for success" for fostering Russian-Hungarian ties is based on "healthy pragmatism, respect for each other's interests and a focus on creative work".

"I can note with satisfaction that cooperation between our countries has reached an unparalleled level. This was made possible more than anything else by the clearly expressed political will of Russian and Hungarian leaders and their shared need to develop bilateral ties from a number of different angles," he added.

Lavrov said the EU's economic sanctions against Russia are "most painful" for countries in Eastern Europe, while "European heavyweights can use the situation to their advantage".

He added that economic sanctions are "politically useless" and, in the case of Russia, "futile".

Lavrov said Russia is prepared to "develop trade and economic ties with Hungary to the same degree our Hungarian partners are".

The interview was published a day ahead of an official visit by Lavrov to Budapest.

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