President János Áder said Hungary strongly condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
During a meeting of the heads of state of the Bucharest Nine (B9) group in Warsaw on Friday, the president said Russia’s attack on Ukraine is one of the largest military operations seen in Europe since WWII, but Hungary was also forced to endure a similar one in 1956. “We’re meeting on a special day, Hungary’s memorial day of the victims of communism, which evokes in our memories and feelings from back then,” the president said. “We are feeling what Ukraine is going through right now in this context as well.”
“From our part — given our traditional relations — we have done everything we could to urge the leadership in Moscow to remain level-headed and exercise restraint,” Áder said. “Unfortunately we could not succeed because, as it has now become clear, Russia was carrying out a premeditated plan which was followed by the conscious deception of its international partners.” “As for our position, I affirm that Hungary shares the joint position of the EU and NATO and will hold to that position,” he said. “We firmly condemn the Russian attack … which is more than bad: it is tragic.”
President Áder said Hungary agreed that together with its partners it must make it clear that they condemn the aggression against Ukraine which was “not provoked by Kyiv”, and “hold the leaders of the Russian Federation responsible for the bloodshed”.
“We, too consider Russia’s attack a grave violation of international law and a mockery of the international obligations assumed by Moscow up until now,” Áder said. Hungary and its partners consider absurd Moscow’s arguments that call into question not only Ukraine’s borders but also its legitimacy, he said, noting that Ukraine was a founding member of the United Nations and a country with which Russia itself has signed a slew of international treaties.
“As we have in the past, we will again join the consensus that will be reached in the EU and in NATO,” President Áder said. “We will once again approve the sanctions to be imposed on Russia and we will enforce them…”
The president said Ukraine was in need of immediate and serious political and humanitarian support, adding that Hungary will contribute its part. President Áder expressed Hungary’s sympathies with Ukrainian civilians “which now have to endure all the suffering that comes with war”.
“We call on Russia to immediately cease its aggression against Ukraine,” President Áder added. He said it was important for NATO to take the steps that ensure peace, security and military defence in all of its member states. “We feel the need for the member states of the Atlantic Alliance to once again reaffirm their commitment to the provisions of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty,” he said.
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