PM Orbán: Together with our EU and NATO allies, we condemn Russia’s military action

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will attend an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Brussels today to discuss a possible joint response to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Following a meeting with the National Security Cabinet, the prime minister said in a video message that the security of the Hungarian people is the government’s priority, thus “Hungary must stay out of this war conflict,” adding, however, that humanitarian aid will of course be provided to Ukraine.

Prime Minister Orbán condemned the Russian aggression and stressed that he believes that European unity will be sustainable and that we can take joint action.

“Our military and designated police units have started working on the Hungarian-Ukrainian border,” he said.

He also stressed that the left’s proposals are unacceptable, as they would endanger Hungary’s energy supply and families’ public utility cost cuts.

PM Viktor Orbán noted that an increased number of Ukrainian citizens arriving in Hungary, possibly seeking refugee status, is within sight, but “we are prepared to care for them, and we will be able to meet this challenge quickly and effectively.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó underlined that Hungary stands by Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and Hungary will be part of the alliance talks on how to give a coordinated response.

He confirmed the situation in Kiev is calm and embassy staff are safe; in Transcarpathia, they are in touch with leaders of the Hungarian community to guarantee the security of Hungarians living there.