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In his regular Friday morning radio interview, following a busy eight days packing in three bilateral visits in Budapest, Prime Minister Orbán talked about the main objective behind Hungary’s foreign policy, Turkey’s role in putting an end to migration, and Ukraine and the Hungarians in Transcarpathia before turning to tourism and the common EU budget.
The Prime Minister said that if Turkey “opens the gates to Europe”, hundreds of thousands of migrants will flood into Greece, the Balkans and eventually all the way to the Croatian or Hungarian border.
“The security of Hungary is directly related to the stability of Turkey,” Prime Minister Orbán said during a joint press conference after his talks on Tuesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Later, he reiterated Turkey’s indispensable role in stopping the flood of illegal migrants and spoke about economic ties between Hungary and Turkey.
Minister Szijjártó said that “very alarming” developments were taking place to the south of Europe, which make it “clear” that Brussels had failed to build a southern line of defense over the past three and a half years. “The danger is here and it is growing,” he said
Had Turkey not fulfilled its obligation, Europe would have been flooded by many millions of migrants and “we would not be able to handle that," PM Orbán said. “Turkey deserves respect for this, which we will always give it," he added
Regarding news of a possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey, Minister Szijjártó said that all countries aspiring for European integration should know that capital punishment is not accepted in the EU