The foreign minister has underlined how that in the interest of ensuring the security of its energy supplies, Hungary will not support any proposal that places oil or gas imports under sanctions.
On the sidelines of a meeting of EU counterparts in Luxembourg, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government does not object to other countries sending arms to Ukraine, but it will not send weapons itself, neither will it allow shipments by other countries to cross Hungary directly into Ukraine. “This would seriously endanger the security of Hungary and its people.”
Regarding the payment of energy supplies in roubles, he referred to “a solution” which did not involve Hungary breaching any EU sanctions. The contracts of the relevant companies on both sides were being amended accordingly, he said, adding that the contracts were a bilateral matter and Hungary did not see a need for the EU to establish any joint action or coordinated position on the issue.
On the subject of arms deliveries, the minister noted the European Peace Facility was about to be raised by 500 million euros, adding that Hungary had not stood in the way of that decision, and would not stop other countries from delivering weapons to Ukraine. Hungary, he added, would not do so itself or allow deliveries through its territory.
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