Minister Gulyás: “Hungary wants to stay out of the war”

Minister Gergely Gulyás emphasized Hungary’s commitment to staying out of the conflict, highlighting NATO’s increased involvement and the need for diplomatic caution.

During today's Government Info session, Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office, alongside government spokesperson Eszter Vitályos, detailed the Hungarian government’s perspective on several urgent national and international issues.

Notably, Hungary's non-engagement policy regarding the ongoing war was emphasized, with the government declaring a refusal to transport or allow the transit of weapons through its territory.

Minister Gulyás also expressed concern about NATO's shifting stance towards active engagement in the conflict, highlighting the potential risks of a global escalation and stressing the importance of diplomatic caution among nuclear-armed nations. The commitment to avoiding military involvement underscores Hungary's strategic restraint amidst increasing tensions in Eastern Europe.

The session also covered significant domestic issues, including the impact of regional conflicts on fuel prices. Minister Gulyás criticized the financial burden on citizens due to the war, urging local fuel traders to reduce prices to align with those in neighboring countries.

Additionally, the government is pushing for stricter laws against sexual crimes, with proposed amendments aimed at enhancing child protection measures and ensuring rigorous punishment for offenders. These legal adjustments are in response to societal demands for greater security and justice.

Looking forward, Gergely Gulyás mentioned the scheduled May 8-10 visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Hungary, reiterating the government's focus on strengthening economic ties with major global players regardless of ideological differences. This visit is seen as a strategic move to bolster Hungary's economic position on the international stage.

Minister Gulyás also addressed the contentious topic of migration, emphasizing the Hungarian government’s firm stance on controlling its borders and rejecting pressures from the EU to accommodate a higher volume of migrants. He highlighted the intense migratory pressure at the Hungarian border, especially the significant number of attempts to cross, and reinforced the need for strict border management to ensure national security and maintain societal stability.

Regarding the European Union’s oversight, the minister criticized the EU’s approach to judicial and fiscal matters, suggesting that the EU often oversteps its boundaries in matters that should be decided nationally. To illustrate the matter, he cited the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s financial governance, expressing Hungary’s reluctance to partake in joint EU debt without stringent parliamentary approval and its desire to protect national sovereignty in fiscal matters.