State Secretary Csaba Dömötör said the political mainstream in Brussels has a “one-dimensional and simplistic view” of Hungary’s position on the war in Ukraine.
Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, after attending a conference organized by the Brussels office of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary, the state secretary said Hungary has condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine from the start and provides all the help it can to the refugees fleeing Ukraine. At the same time, Hungary opposes steps that would escalate the war, he said, noting that the country does not support weapons deliveries to Ukraine. “We are also sceptical of sanctions against Russia that primarily place great burdens on European citizens,” Dömötör added. Though the political mainstream in Brussels insists that Hungary is isolated in its position on the war, surveys across Europe indicate that the majority of European citizens share the Hungarian government’s views, he said. European citizens, for example, do not believe that a complete ban on energy imports would be a viable solution, because they are seeing that they are primarily the ones who have to pay the price of such a measure, he said. Also, most people in the central and eastern European region do not support weapons deliveries to Ukraine, he added.