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Jun 23, 2016

EU extension on sanctions against Russia is 'antidemocratic'

Although opposed to the sanctions, Hungary says it will abide by the EU decision to penalize Russia

A move by the European Union to extend sanctions against Russia is "incorrect and antidemocratic" because it was not made at the highest political level, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has said.

Hungary has been openly opposed to the sanctions but says it will abide by the EU decision, which seeks to penalize Russia for its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Szijjártó says the six-month extension of the sanctions, which has been agreed to in principle, are "too important and impactful" to be made only by the ambassadors of the EU members, reports AP today.

Szijjártó spoke of the move after a Hungary-Russia economic committee meeting held this week.

Some nations want the measures discussed at a summit of EU leaders.