Speaking to Politico, in reaction to comments made by US Ambassador David Pressmen, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said: “We do not accept governors or procurators … sent here to say how we should lead our lives. That era is over.”
Minister Szijjártó told a news conference held on a different subject that it was up to Hungarian voters to decide whether the government was doing a good job or not, and they would pass judgment in the next general election, as they had done unambiguously in the past years. Minister Szijjártó said the government’s foreign policy was guided purely by national interests and the wish for peace to return to Ukraine as soon as possible. “Attempts have been made from abroad, unsuccessfully, to install a government in Hungary that does not represent the national interest,” the minister said. “I might add that the significant amount of money that has been mobilised for this purpose has not turned out to be a good investment,” he added.