Instead of sanctions, dialogue is needed in order to achieve peace in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó explained.
The international community should focus on achieving peace in Ukraine instead of escalating the war, Péter Szijjártó, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia on Monday.
Speaking to journalists after the opening of the event, he said that the armed conflict, which has been going on for more than six months, has serious negative consequences for the whole continent, for example in the areas of the economy and energy supply. “Hungary, because of its geographical proximity, is even more affected than the European average, so it is in the elementary interest of the country and of Central Europe as a whole to have peace as soon as possible,” he said.
Szijjártó stressed that the government has not and will not supply arms to Ukraine and does not allow the direct transfer of arms either.
He stressed that the government is not even willing to negotiate possible new energy sanctions. According to the minister, the punitive measures imposed do not contribute to a quick, peaceful resolution and are much more damaging for Europe than for Russia.
In order to achieve peace as soon as possible, direct dialogue between the warring parties would be necessary, and therefore countries and international actors with enough authority should act as mediators.
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