Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said European concerns over shrinking gas supplies were “strange” in view of earlier statements suggesting that the western European countries in question had resolved the issue. “The current fright shows something different, that reality has won,” he said, adding that “gas imports are a matter of infrastructure rather than ideology”. “It seems the western part of Europe has not managed to overwrite the laws of physics,” he said. Hungary’s supplies are uninterrupted, with reserves to cover 26.6 percent of the country’s annual gas consumption, as against the EU average of 15 percent, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that talks were underway to purchase an additional 700 million cubic metres of gas “both from the east and the west”.
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