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Jul 13, 2018

PM Orbán: Hungary has no problem with Georgia’s NATO aspirations and fully agrees with them

The prime minister said there is an ongoing dispute with Ukraine, which is not simply a dispute between Hungary and Ukraine

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that Hungary has no problem with Georgia’s NATO aspirations and fully agrees with them.

However, he said there is an ongoing dispute with Ukraine, which is not simply a dispute between Hungary and Ukraine.

From NATO’s viewpoint, the heart of this dispute is that if Ukraine has signed an agreement in which it has promised not to downgrade already existing legislation for the protection of minorities, then it must abide by that agreement, he said. PM Orbán indicated that the issue is about NATO’s credibility and its internal integrity.

The prime minister said that "In this instance, NATO’s integrity coincides with protecting the interests of Hungarian minorities; and therefore today I will have to speak out and use robust words”.

PM Orbán said that Hungary supports the soonest possible establishment of a joint European army.

In closing, the prime minister spoke about Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final in Russia between France and Croatia. He said that Hungary has always been a part of the Danube region’s football culture, and therefore while credit for Croatia’s success is due to the Croatians, “we have a slight feeling that we are also involved, as this is also an honour for our region”.

He added that he will wholeheartedly support Croatia – not only because the Croats are friends and neighbours to Hungarians, but also because “they represent the football culture of which we ourselves are a part; this is despite the fact that we fall short of – indeed, far short of – the level that the Croatians are capable of”. He noted, however, that “we are birds of a feather”.