One of the leaders of the Alliance (Szövetség), the Hungarian party in Slovakia has released a video on his Facebook page explaining why the EU sanctions against Russia are not bringing the desired effect in stopping its aggression in Ukraine, while also damaging the European economy.
“Let us look at the sanctions soberly and dare to take a clear position on them,” urges György Gyimesi. “All of Europe is worried about sanctions, while Russia says: thank you, I am fine.” He also recalls the time last year, when the advocates of sanctions claimed that “they may not work yet, but they certainly will later.”
Gyimesi calls this wishful thinking while pointing at the fact that India reported that in the first five months alone, Russian oil imports increased by eleven times the previous period. As a side effect of all this, he claims, with such an injection of oil the role of the world’s most populous nation may change faster than Western analysts will like.
Gyimesi points out that, for instance, Germany’s AfD political party has said that the repressive measures have not harmed Russia, but have destroyed the German economy. German trade unions also claim that the German economy is no longer competitive. Even Bloomberg estimates that the Russian economy will grow by 3.9% in the second half of the year.
Meanwhile, prices are rising in the European Union. Europe is bleeding, people’s living standards are falling and countries are getting poorer. That is why Gyimesi thinks that
sanctions must be looked at soberly, with the courage to take a clear position.
György Gyimesi has become a member of the Slovak parliament on the list of the Slovak government party OLANO, but has since joined the Hungarian Alliance, which currently polls at 3.5%. The parliamentary threshold in Slovakia is 5% though, hence the Hungarian minority in Slovakia is facing an uphill battle to win its own representation in the September 30 elections.
Featured Photo: Facebook György Gyimesi