Hope for peace in Ukraine remains as long as there are open channels of communication between the parties, and that is why maintaining dialogue with Belarus is very important, the foreign minister said after meeting his Belarusian counterpart Syarhey Aleynik.
Following a meeting of the Hungarian-Belarusian Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation in Budapest on Wednesday, Péter Szijjártó said that despite the “long litany of criticism and attacks that will surely follow, our meeting in Budapest today was very important.”
At their meeting in Budapest, the foreign ministers discussed the development of cooperation in sectors not affected by sanctions. On energy security, “a critical issue for Hungary,” Szijjártó noted that 80 percent of the country’s oil supplies come through the Druzhba pipeline through Belarus.
So far, Belarus has been a trustworthy, reliable, and fair partner, ensuring uninterrupted supplies,”
he said, adding that Aleynik had promised to continue supplies.
The ministers also discussed the issue of nuclear energy and an agreement they signed at the meeting. It was essential to share experiences with Belarus, which is building nuclear power units similar to those under construction in Hungary, he said. “Nuclear safety is of universal, global interest, regardless of the geopolitical situation,” he said.
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