The foreign minister said the Hungarian government aims to further strengthen a recent “wave of dialogue between Western allies and Russia” to ease tensions.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, held talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday, after which he noted the recent emergence of “extremely serious tension” in central and eastern Europe, which he said was sharply against Hungary’s national security interests. Dialogue is the only way to ease that tension “using all diplomatic means”, Minister Szijjártó said. “We have come to Moscow to support that dialogue,” he added.
The minister called recent talks between the West and Russia “good news”, noting two conversations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron over the past few days, and a planned call between Lavrov and US counterpart Antony Blinken later on Tuesday. He added that another call between Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being negotiated, while a British ministerial delegation could soon visit Moscow.
Minister Szijjártó said 2021 had been the “best year” in Hungary-Russia cooperation and the current talks “have made it clear that Russia is ready to continue, as it benefits both sides”. At their talks, Minister Szijjártó and Lavrov adopted an action plan concerning cooperation in food production, energy, space research and health, he said. “Last year the cooperation between Hungary and Russia greatly contributed to good responses to health and energy crises in the world, and that cooperation will continue to serve Hungary’s interests in future,” he added.
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