In an interview given to the television channel Hír TV, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke of the afterlife of talks with Chancellor Merkel in Budapest, immigration and Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to Hungary.
“Germany is not only part of Hungarian history but also of the Hungarian present if the Germans wish it to be so”, Viktor Orbán said in the televised interview. The Prime Minister did not speak in exact terms as to whether Siemens will take part in the enlargement of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, saying “we’ll see, prime ministers don’t usually discuss specific company matters”. In connection with negotiations with the commercial television broadcaster RTL Klub and the reduction of the advertisement tax, he pointed out that the governments aims to avoid an EU infringement procedure preferably without a decrease in revenue from the advertisement tax.
“We’re not against Islam, we’re against immigration”, Mr. Orbán said, adding that the immigration situation is, at present, only threatening but not critical.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the proposed agreement on gas transportation to Hungary to replace the contract expiring in 2015, commenting that Hungary aims to conclude an agreement keeping in mind mid and long-term developments in oil and gas prices are unknown. The government’s policy of cutting public utility costs is unsustainable without a flexible agreement, he said.
Mr. Orbán also said that amid increasing tensions in the system of relations between the European Union and Russia, Hungary has to place the emphasis on establishing and sustaining relations as correct and balanced with Russia as possible. This is why he invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest, he added.