The United States has not raised any criminal charges against the six Hungarian officials banned from entry to the country, US chargé d’affaires André Goodfriend said after meeting with opposition LMP co leaders. András Schiffer, the green party’s co-leader, said Goodfriend had made it clear that while no criminal charges had been raised against the six people banned, it is possible for someone to violate the proclamation of the President of the United States on corruption without breaking Hungarian laws.
“Not everything we call corruption is a criminal act,” Schiffer said. However, he added, information on concerns raised by the US side is readily available to Hungarian authorities. For this reason, Premier Viktor Orbán is still to blame for failing to look into details on the ban, including names of officials banned and reasons cited by the US, he insisted. “The Hungarian government’s steps in this matter are more than unfortunate”, Schiffer said. It is “rather pathetic” to threaten the mission chief of an allied country with a lawsuit, he added.
LMP co-leader Bernadett Szél added that André Goodfriend had commented on the Paks upgrade plan at their meeting. He said the US did not mind if a country conducted business with Russia, the problem was a lack of transparency regarding the government’s moves. Commenting on the report that Putin may visit Hungary, Bernadett Szél had said previously that a move to scrap the agreement would be the only positive outcome of a visit by the Russian president.
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