Szijjártó Speaks With Polish Counterpart by Phone

Int’l Relations

Péter Szijjártó

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó spoke with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau, by phone on Wednesday morning, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

In a video message posted on Facebook, Szijjártó said he expressed the solidarity of the Hungarian people and told Rau that Hungary is prepared to offer assistance, if necessary.

Szijjártó said Rau informed him that, at the moment, nothing certain is known with regard to the rocket blast in Poland, near the border with Ukraine, on Tuesday. The Polish foreign minister said they don't know who fired the rocket or with what intention, but are conducting a thorough investigation of the blast site and will inform Hungary of the results, Szijjártó added.

Rau told Szijjártó that the Russian ambassador to Poland had been summoned to the foreign ministry in Warsaw and been given a written request for an explanation regarding Tuesday's events. 

Rau also said Poland has initiated the procedure, outlined in Article 4 of NATO's founding treaty, involving consultations if any member believes their territorial integrity, political independence or security is under threat, Szijjártó added.

The Hungarian minister stressed the importance of "strategic calm" in the matter.

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