The Hungarian government has no clue why the United States has set aside large funds to prepare an “action plan” against some two dozen countries in Central and Eastern Europe to “put pressure on the governments of those countries,” Viktor Orbán said in Belgrade. “Nobody in Hungary is happy that the country has been declared a field of operations [for the US] together with twenty plus other countries,” Orbán said ahead of a CEE-China summit.
Reacting to a statement by Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall, who said that US embassies in the region are currently drafting action plans for supporting and cooperating on anti-corruption reform in their host country, Orbán said that the government was “trying to find out if there is a connection between the EU-US free trade agreements now being negotiated and the action plan”. “If someone wants to cooperate with Hungary we are open to that. They don’t have to put us under pressure or spend money behind our backs … we are ready to cooperate with anyone for a good cause,” he said.
As for Viktor Orbán’s official visit to Belgrade, the Hungarian Prime Minister reaffirmed Hungary’s commitment to supporting Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts when he met Milo Djukanovic during the CEE-China summit in the Serbian capital. Hungary’s standpoint is that Montenegro is ready to join NATO, Viktor Orbán told his counterpart. The sides also discussed that Hungary would delegate NATO’s contact ambassador to Podgorica in 2015-2016.
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