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Foreign Minister: Hungary is Under Simultaneous Pressure from the East and the South

Péter Cseresnyés 2022.07.04.

Hungary is “under simultaneous pressure from the east and the south”, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio in an interview on Sunday.

Talking about the difference between refugees and migrants, Szijjártó said some 12,000-13,000 refugees are arriving daily from war-stricken Ukraine, adding that “when fleeing from war, you cannot go anywhere but to a neighboring country”. On the other hand, migrants at Hungary’s southern borders “have no right to cross” since they have “violated the borders of several safe countries including Serbia and Hungary”.

Referring to the government’s plan to set up a stand-alone border guard force, Szijjártó said Hungary will maintain strict border controls, therefore “there is a great need” to set up an independent force for that purpose.

Foreign Minister: Migration Pressure Expected to Reach New High
Foreign Minister: Migration Pressure Expected to Reach New High

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A conflict between NATO and Russia must be prevented

Besides the east, NATO should also focus on challenges in the south, with special regard to an increasing threat of terrorism, and a possible famine due to interrupted grain supplies from Ukraine, which could trigger “unprecedented” waves of migration, Szijjártó warned.

“Peace is in Hungary’s interest in every possible aspect,” the minister said, adding that “each minute of the war in Ukraine poses a security threat”. The Hungarian military, therefore, needs to evolve, “to which end defence spending will reach 2 percent of GDP next year”, he said.

An atmosphere of war has overtaken NATO, Szijjártó said but added that “luckily the position prevails that everything must be done to avoid a direct conflict between NATO and Russia”.  He called it a “wise decision” that NATO as an alliance will not send weapons to Ukraine “as that would threaten an even greater tragedy”.

Paks nuclear plant upgrade is a key investment

Concerning energy, Szijjártó said that in view of “energy prices earlier thought inconcieavable” those countries will be safe in future that are able to produce sufficient energy for their own consumption. The upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant “will be of tremendous help” to Hungary, he added.

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The Hungarian government is “continously speeding up the project” so that the two new blocks could start production in 2030, Szijjártó said, adding that the upgraded plant and solar developments would bring the country “very near to self-sustenance” in terms of electricity.

Construction at Paks is not hindered by European sanctions against Russia, as peaceful use of nuclear energy is “not impacted in any way” by those restrictions, Szijjártó said.

via MTI

Featured image via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page


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