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György Bakondi said this isn’t the first time that the ship has taken group after group of migrants to the shores of Italy “with the intent of political provocation” despite the ban imposed by the Italian authorities.
Zoltán Kovács said the EU’s rules should apply equally to every member state, adding that whenever Italy and Hungary break the rules, they get sanctioned, but when France or Germany do it, they get off scot-free
It is Matteo Salvini’s mission to prove that migration can be stopped not only on land but also at sea, said Prime Minister Orbán, adding that even though Hungary has already shown the world that immigrants can be stopped at the border, Brussels’ migration policy still focuses on “managing” the crisis instead of putting an end to the influx of intruders.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced that the Visegrád Four have decided to provide significant financial support and offer assistance to help Italy protect its maritime borders, therefore defending both Europe and Hungary
PM Orbán suggested that to help Italy tackle migrants arriving from Africa, the establishment of a fund similar to the one previously set up for Turkey, where EU member states would contribute in a similar ratio, would be one solution
“The Hungarian government fully agrees with the proposal, especially in view of the fact that 42,500 illegal immigrants have arrived in Italy as of mid-April, and many more are expected to set out for the continent with the arrival of good weather," Hungary's foreign minister said
The former minister praised the Visegrad Four countries’ efforts in promoting “dialogue between the West and the East”, adding that Europe’s integration process could not have got started without the contributions of Budapest
The Hungarian government did not construct a fence on the border out of EU monies “and especially not with Italian money”; we financed the fence from the budget, or “to make it more understandable for Matteo Renzi”, the people of Hungary are spending their own money on protecting the EU border, Hungary's foreign minister said