Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said on Sunday that it was “fortunately” not up to the Ukrainian president to decide if Hungary’s behavior as a NATO member was appropriate or not.
Minister Szijjártó responded to recent remarks by Volodymyr Zelensky stating that “Hungary’s behavior as a NATO member is inappropriate”. In an interview with Finnish, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian journalists, Zelensky said “It is a very strange situation, can a NATO country be for Russia and against NATO?”. Szijjártó said that "fortunately, this is not up to him to decide”. Hungarians have already paid an extremely high price for the war in Ukraine. Many Hungarians, members of the ethnic Hungarian community in Transcarpathia, have died in the war, he said on Facebook. If Zelensky’s remarks mean that the Ukrainian president thanks Hungary for “letting in and looking after more than a million refugees from Ukraine” and if he thanks us that “we are continually sending aid”, then “we say certainly, and they can continue to rely on us in the future”, Minister Szijjártó said.