The foreign minister has said the presentation of the European Commission's 10th package of sanctions against Russia "makes clear that Brussels won't provide any help whatsoever in the fight against inflation".
The new sanctions from Brussels are in addition to those that have “already proven futile,” said Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “They have tried nine times; they failed nine times. They should draw a reasonable conclusion to stop trying. Regrettably, though, Brussels is not driven by reason.” Concerning the debate on the package which started on Wednesday, he said proposals had been raised that would have an impact on Hungary’s energy security, noting calls to terminate supplies via the Druzhba oil pipeline and for tight restrictions to be imposed on nuclear cooperation with Russia. Those steps, if implemented, would again “make Hungarian people pay for the war”, he said, adding that the government would “do everything possible” to fight against those proposals. “Naturally, we reject all proposals concerning oil supplies and nuclear cooperation, and we will do everything to prevent them from being included in the next package,” he said. Rather than “war measures and sanctions” the EU should “at last focus on peace-making” to save lives, he said.