Ukraine Crisis: Hungary bans weapons deliveries across its territory
Ukrainian soldier with a Javelin anti-tank missile.
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Hungary will not allow deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine across its territory, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said at a joint press conference with his Kosovar counterpart Donika Gervalla-Schwarz in Pristina on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
Szijjártó said Hungary gave its consent at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Sunday to activate "the so-called European Peace Facility", empowering the EU to deliver weapons to Ukraine.
"We Hungarians, although we gave our consent for this decision...we made our position very clear that Hungary is not sending troops to Ukraine and Hungary is not sending weapons to Ukraine because we do not want to get involved in this war," he said.
"Today we have made another decision that we will not allow deliveries of lethal weapons to transit the territory of Hungary. This decision is required in order to guarantee the security of Hungary and the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia. The reason for making this decision is that such deliveries might become targets of hostile military action, and I want to underline again that we have to ensure the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people. We have to ensure that we are not getting involved in that war," he added.
The minister also said that Hungary's government has decided to comply with a request by the governor of Transcarpathia, Ukraine's westernmost region and the home to a sizable population of ethnic Hungarians, to supply humanitarian aid there.
"We will deliver 300 tonnes of food, 30,000 liters of bottled water, hygienic products, products for baby care, and products to ensure the safe supply to the internal refugees in Transcarpathia," he said, adding that the value of the deliveries adds up to HUF 600 million.
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