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Russia plays a leading role in the region and the EU must discuss related issues, such as the situation in Belarus, with Russia as a partner, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday.

“If a decision will be based on brute force – the European Union has no army,” Gergely Gulyás emphasized.

The head of the Prime Minister’s Office told a regular press briefing that the European Union had made an unequivocal decision not to recognise the results of the Belarus elections. Ever since its foundation, ruling Fidesz has supported the right of assembly in its constitutional form, unlike the current opposition which has hindered the practice of this right several times, including in 2006, he added.

Concerning recent remarks by US financier George Soros who said that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán followed the example of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in handling the issue of the Central European University, Gulyás said Orbán had been fighting for democracy and freedom during the time of dictatorship so any accusation of despotism against him was absurd.

Soros Likens Orbán to Lukashenko, Fidesz Strikes Back with 30-year Old Photo
Soros Likens Orbán to Lukashenko, Fidesz Strikes Back with 30-year Old Photo

On Tuesday afternoon, liberal Magyar Narancs published an interview with billionaire American-Hungarian financier George Soros, in which he yet again formed strong opinions on Orbán. Reacting to this, Fidesz’s parliamentary group leader posted a photo from the Kádár era to prove the prime minister’s commitment to democracy and his stance against dictatorial regimes. The following […]Continue reading

In response to a question concerning Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s holidays, he said the government would not investigate into any government member’s holiday. He said it was the situation in Belarus that forced Szijjártó to continue working even during a family holiday. Gulyás said he was convinced that Szijjártó acted in line with legal regulations during his holiday and it was up to him to answer questions raised about where he was spending his holidays and who has invited him.

Foreign Minister Caught Vacationing on Pro-Govt Businessman's Yacht While Posting Office Photos
Foreign Minister Caught Vacationing on Pro-Govt Businessman's Yacht While Posting Office Photos

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó has been caught vacationing with his family on the Adriatic Sea on a luxury private yacht belonging to a pro-government businessman. The Foreign Ministry argues that Szijjártó works even when he is on holiday but, according to the state news agency’s report, did not reflect on […]Continue reading

In response to a question, Gulyás said the government was aware of plans for a fence to be built between Serbia and North Macedonia in order to halt migration. This shows that “the Hungarian solution” that used to be described as unacceptable and inhuman is now copied by many countries, he said.

He added that the European Union would only be able to protect its borders if it does not allow migrants to enter unless they are eligible for refugee status.

Featured photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI