According to the communications director of the governing Fidesz party, the European Parliament’s recent resolution calling for further sanctions against Russia is unacceptable for Hungary.
If the European Parliament’s plan was implemented, and
the European Union imposed immediate and full sanctions on all fossil and nuclear energy from Russia, Hungary’s economy would immediately shut down,
István Hollik, Fidesz’s communications director, told Hungarian news agency MTI.
Hollik said that the resolution adopted by the “extreme left-wing and pro-sanctions majority” in the European Parliament was completely unacceptable for Hungary.
In its resolution adopted last Thursday, among other things, the EP “calls for an immediate and full embargo on EU imports of Russian fossil fuels and uranium, and for the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines to be completely abandoned”. The document has been adopted by 494 votes in favor, 58 against with 44 abstentions. MEPs of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party did not vote, the representative of the smaller coalition party KDNP, György Hölvényi abstained, while politicians of the Hungarian opposition parties voted yes.
In Brussels, “they refuse to take into account the harmful economic effects of sanctions, and they have no intention of changing the sanctions policy that is destroying Europe’s economy and are working on the ninth sanctions package,” Hollik said.
“Therefore, we must say no to this pro-sanctions resolution. This also shows that we still have difficult battles ahead of us in order to defend Hungary’s interests against misguided sanctions,” he added.
Featured photo via Facebook/Hollik István