Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accuses Hungarian Prime Minister Orban of “Russian propaganda”

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Hungarian Prime Minister Orban of “Russian propaganda” The representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned the words of the Hungarian prime minister and pointed out that the sanctions interfere with the “Russian military machine”

Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's claims that sanctions against Russia are not working are “a classic example of Russian propaganda.” This was stated by the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko, RBC Ukraine reports.

“The words that the sanctions have not shaken Russia, — a classic example of Russian propaganda. The sanctions are effective, they have significantly reduced the ability of the Russian military machine to wage war against Ukraine”, — he emphasized.

Nikolenko also denounced Orban for calling for a halt to the supply of weapons to Ukraine because it allegedly would not help defeat Russia. “Giving weapons to Ukraine saves the lives of Ukrainians. If sanctions and weapons were ineffective, the Kremlin would not use huge resources to discredit them, they would not try to stop them, — said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

On July 23, Orban said that Europe needs a new strategy in the Ukrainian conflict, since the sanctions imposed against Russia are ineffective. “A new strategy is needed that should focus on peace negotiations and crafting a good peace proposal <…> instead of winning the war, — he said.

At the same time, according to him, 86 Hungarians were killed during the hostilities in Ukraine, so Hungary should not be allowed to be drawn into the conflict. Orban also believes that the conflict can only be resolved through dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

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After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Hungary condemned Moscow, but at the same time banned the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine through its territory. The head of the Hungarian diplomatic department, Peter Szijjarto, explained this by the desire not to endanger the Hungarians who live in the western Ukrainian regions.

Since the end of May, a state of emergency has been in effect in Hungary. On July 14, Defense Minister Christoph Szalai-Bobrovnicki instructed to increase the combat readiness of the troops, linking this decision to the fighting in Ukraine and problems with migration. He stressed that, despite NATO guarantees, Hungary cannot wait for outside protection and must ensure its own security.

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