The foreign minister said the only effective way to stop illegal migration is to build border fences.
During a joint press conference held with his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkevic, Péter Szijjártó said it was “absurd” that the European Union was still unwilling to finance the operation of Hungary’s border protection efforts. He said the pressure on Europe from the south, south-east and east was “unprecedented”. Now Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are confronted with the same challenges Hungary has been dealing with since 2015, he added.
The minister added that without fences no police or military force would be able to protect hundreds of kilometres of borders. It was hard to comprehend why the European Commission was “financing everything that increases migration”, he said, rather than finding an effective means to curb it. “It’s like they’re not on this planet”, blocking support for countries that operate fences, he said. The minister also called on the EU to abandon “efforts aimed at altering the composition of Europe’s population”.
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