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Budapest shuns ‘united’ front against Russia

Hungarian President Orban has once again contradicted Ukrainian President Zelensky's call for a united EU front against Russia. Orban also emphatically rejected arms deliveries to Ukraine via Hungarian territory.

Published: March 30, 2022, 1:38 pm

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    Recent flight maps also revealed that no flights from Turkey to Ukraine had dared cross Hungarian territory, suggesting that Turkish TB2 Bayraktar drone deliveries to Ukrainian forces were not welcomed by Budapest.

    “Hungary is on Hungary’s side in the war between Russia and Ukraine,” Orban said after the EU-NATO summit in Brussels. His country helps everyone who is in trouble, but also wants to assert and protect its own national interests. Hungary must always stand up for its national interests in every international forum, said Orban, and: “That’s why it doesn’t matter which government Hungary has. Whether it has a government that supports national interests or one that takes on a submissive role and swims with the big countries that exude authority.”

    There are “certain Hungarian interests that may be threatened by a war in our neighborhood,” he added. “Therefore we are in a dangerous situation, but we are on Hungary’s side and we are looking at the situation with Hungarian mind and from a Hungarian point of view.”

    Orban also spoke out against further sanctions against Russia. Peace cannot be restored by imposing sanctions that “harm us more than the Russians”.

    The Hungarian head of government also emphatically rejected the introduction of no-fly zones over Ukraine. These are “dangerous proposals”. It is completely understandable that Ukrainians are asking NATO to engage in air warfare and send weapons, Orban said, but added: “We are not Ukrainians or Russians, we are Hungarians.”

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