FM: No hope for peace without communication between west and Russia

The foreign minister said the European Union has “totally mismanaged” the Ukraine crisis.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the world will give up even the hope for peace if communication between the west and Russia becomes impossible.

During a roundtable organized by the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Minister Szijjártó said that “when the Hungarian government argued for keeping channels for communication open, it was instantly labelled as pro-Russia or an ally for Russian President Vladimir Putin”. The European Union has “totally mismanaged” the Ukraine crisis, he insisted, and said that while the EU’s sanctions had been expected to help end the war quickly back in February “it is now November and the armed conflict is getting more brutal and the European economy is on its knees”. Minister Szijjártó said the US administration’s moves could contribute to an escalation of the situation. The Hungarian government has an interest in keeping communications channels open, in the interest of peace. Its policies are “neither pro-Ukraine nor pro-Russia”, they are exclusively determined by Hungary’s interests, Minister Szijjártó said.