Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government considers the lives and security of Hungarians – including Transcarpathian Hungarians – the most important consideration when it comes the war in Ukraine.
“We cannot and will not make any decisions that would turn Hungarian settlements or people – whether they are Hungarians living in Transcarpathia or Ukrainians – into targets,” the prime minister said in the video posted after a cabinet meeting in which members of the government reaffirmed their position that Hungary will send neither troops nor weapons to Ukraine. “We reaffirmed that Hungary will not even allow weapons to transit its territory to Ukraine,” the prime minister said. “The most important thing is for Hungary to stay out of this war,” he said, adding however that “Ukraine is our friend; they’re in trouble and those in trouble must be helped.”
“We’ve launched one of the largest humanitarian campaigns in Hungary’s history,” he said. “As a first step, we’re sending HUF 600 million (EUR 1.6m) worth of food, hygiene supplies and baby care products.”
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