Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said supply routes have been blocked or destroyed owing to the war in Ukraine, so Hungary needs new ones, and the Turkic states can form a bridge between East and West.
Minister Szijjártó told newswire Bloomberg in Istanbul that Hungary has signed a new gas contract with Turkey, buying 275 million cubic meters of gas from the start of next year. He added that for the first time, Hungary would be purchasing gas from Turkey itself. Meanwhile, a Turkish construction giant is forming strategic cooperation with Hungary’s biggest railway construction company, and they will bid in tenders jointly in third markets in Europe. Turkish Airlines is a key player in Hungary’s civil aviation market, and the airline would focus even more on Hungary in the future, he said. Asked about the European Union’s view of Hungary’s steps in relation to Turkic states and Turkey in particular, Szijjártó branded the EU as “hypocritical”. Governments that abjure the international liberal mainstream are attacked in an unjust and baseless way, he added. The minister said that just like in Hungary’s case, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was often accused of being undemocratic, but in both countries, the governments enjoyed a huge democratic mandate that “any European politician would be happy to win”.