MFA on Hungary: As Long as Statements Do Not Coincide with Its Decisions, We Can Live and Work
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, admits the statements of official Budapest are unpleasant for Kyiv but Hungary's real actions matter more.
"I think that Hungary is its own "fifth column." This is their internal policy, so the Hungarian people will have to find out, to what extent it goes in line with their interests," Ukrinform quotes Kuleba.
The Minister said that Budapest's actions are more important than their statements.
"Hungary does join sanction efforts - we see that within the EU debate, Hungary is "watering down" some potential new sanctions, but the situation hasn’t yet reached a critical level where we could claim that some significant step has not taken place because of Hungary. They also supported granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. That is, as long as Hungary's statements do not coincide with its decisions regarding Ukraine, we can live and work. If what they say starts to match what they do, then there will be a problem," Kuleba said.
In July, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán admitted in a scandalous program speech that he had destroyed relations even with his closest allies in Eastern Europe; dreamed of Trump's return and expressed the opinion that Hungary should prepare to "defend itself from the West", the EU and NATO should stop supporting Ukraine and they themselves are partly to blame for the war because they did not agree to concessions to Putin contrary to Ukraine's interests.