State Secretary Miklós Soltész said Hungary has so far sent 1,300 tons of aid to Ukraine and has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in the country, but stands by its decision not to send weapons or troops to its north-eastern neighbor.
Hungary can be of far greater help if it remains “an island of peace” together with Transcarpathia, Soltész, the state secretary for church and state relations and head of the National Humanitarian Coordination Council, said after visiting the humanitarian transit point set up at Budapest’s BOK sports and events center in the company of Lyubov Nepop, Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary. Hungary does not agree with imposing an embargo on Russian oil and natural gas imports, Soltész said, arguing that such a sanction would hit the Hungarian and the European economies so hard that it would “destroy us to such an extent that we would not be unable to provide any further help.”
Nepop, who visited the transit point for the first time, thanked the Hungarian government and the Hungarian people for their support and asked for their continued help to refugees coming from Ukraine.
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