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Azerbaijan Should Be “Treated Separately”, Hungarian PM Proposes At Riga Summit

Tamás Székely 2015.05.26.

At the European Union Summit held last week in Riga, Hungary proposed that Azerbaijan should be “treated separately” from other countries in the Eastern Partnership programme, so that an early agreement on strategic energy cooperation with the country could be reached. PM Viktor Orbán referred to Azerbaijan as a key country, the only state outside Russia to buy gas from in the near future.

The Hungarian prime minister also said that the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Latvia’s capital failed to resolve issues around lifting the EU’s visa requirement for Ukrainian citizens. Presenting Hungary’s position, Viktor Orbán told the Hungarian public television that the EU should allow the option of visa-free travel to Ukrainians without delay, but added that the majority of participants were against that proposal.

Concerning talks with David Cameron, his British counterpart, Viktor Orbán said the UK had proposed changes “worth discussing” for the EU. He said it was “reasonable” to talk about fighting abuse of welfare services, reducing migration or making regulations simpler. “The Brits want a more flexible EU,” he said. Summing up the Riga meeting, Orbán said that all means should be used to resolve Europe’s current problems, such as slow economic growth and thinning competitiveness.

via hungarymatters.hu, MTI photo: Barna Burger – kormany.hu