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PM Orbán: Hungary Will Not Allow Lethal Aid Across Hungarian-Ukrainian Border

MTI-Hungary Today 2022.02.28.

Keeping Hungary out of the war in Ukraine is in the interest of the Hungarian people, so the country will not send guns or soldiers to the war zone, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday. Neither will Hungary allow lethal aid across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, he said in a video statement.

Orbán said that Hungary’s national security body which convened earlier today had decided against allowing weapons across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border.

“We’ve decided against allowing such shipments,” he said, adding that nothing should be allowed that would jeopardise the security of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia.

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Orbán said that in the midst of war, sober-mindedness was required.

“Naturally, we’re providing humanitarian aid,” he said, noting that Hungarian aid shipments had arrived in Ukraine on Sunday and Monday.

The prime minister also noted that refugees arriving from over the border were being taken care of.

Hungary has consented to the European Union delivering weapons to Ukraine but will not be involved in the action on a bilateral basis and will not allow lethal aid to transit its territory, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Pristina on Monday.

“Today we decided not the allow lethal aid to transit Hungary. The reason for this decision is that such deliveries might become targets of hostile military action,” he said, adding that Hungary should not get involved in the war under any circumstances.

The minister said the government’s stance rested on “the security of Hungary and the ethnic Hungarian community in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region”.

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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that "Even if it wanted to, Hungary couldn't put military equipment at the disposal of others, but it doesn't want to."Continue reading

Featured photo by Zoltán Fischer/PM’s Press Office

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