According to Katalin Novák, the European Union must make efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine and aim for the continent’s energy independence as soon as possible.
Hungarian President Katalin Novák addressed a press conference after the meeting of the Arraiolos Group in Malta on Thursday. She stressed that preserving the strength of the Western alliances, securing energy security and peace on the continent are urgent aims for Europe.
Katalin Novák reiterated that Hungary supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as bringing war criminals to justice before an international court. She stressed that the war must be brought to an end as quickly as possible.
Novák recalled that the European Union was “the largest peace project in history”, and Hungary continues to be willing to make every effort to achieve peace without delay.
“We condemn Russian aggression, just as we consider the attacks against the North Stream pipelines unacceptable,” the President said, adding that an effective and exhaustive investigation is necessary with the aim of preventing any similar attack in the future.
“We cannot demonstrate strength while forced to our knees. Europe will not be strong if it allows itself to brought to its knees,”
the President emphasized.
The Arraiolos Group is an informal meeting of presidents of parliamentary and semi-presidential European Union member states, held usually once a year. The name is derived from the small Portuguese town of Arraiolos, where the first meeting took place in 2003, on the initiative of Jorge Sampaio, then the President of Portugal. This year’s meeting is the first which is attended by Slovakia’s head of state too.
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