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FM Szijjártó: Hungary Open to Cooperation with Biden, Demands Respect

Tamás Vaski 2021.01.28.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told EuroNews that Hungary is open to cooperation with the United States if Joe Biden is willing to show more respect towards the Hungarian government.

The Hungarian government openly supported Donald Trump during the last election. Their intentions behind this are sound, since they had much better relations with the US under Trump than under Barack Obama. Now, with a close ally of Obama at the helm of the Western superpower, tensions are once again souring.

Szijjártó said he does not believe there is such a significant meaning behind the fact that the Hungarian government openly supported Donald Trump in the last election, since Hungarian citizens could not vote in the last election.

The foreign minister brought up what was previously the “best ever political relationship,” between Hungary and the United States, thanks to the enthusiastic cooperation between Viktor Orbán and former president Donald Trump.

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When asked about whether he regrets criticizing Joe Biden and his son for their alleged corruption in Ukraine, Szijjártó said he did not criticize anybody.

He instead responded that Biden was the one who criticized Hungary by calling it autocratic. Then the foreign minister brushed off the comment, saying it was made during the election campaign and may not have been genuine.

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Still, he asks that the newly elected president show more respect towards Hungary, and if he wishes to cooperate with central Europe they are open to the opportunity.

Featured photo illustration by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI