Hungarian Foreign Minister: EU "Preparing for World War" by Supplying Weapons to Ukraine

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.23 - 2024 7:46 AM CET

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Hungarian Foreign Minister claims the EU is "preparing for a world war" by supplying weapons to Ukraine.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó claims that the European Union is "prepared for a world war" due to its handling of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Szijjarto's Criticism of EU Strategy

Szijjártó stated that the EU's strategy of providing military support to Ukraine "did not bring us closer to peace and did not improve Ukraine's position on the battlefield."

"Arms deliveries can only prolong the war or increase the risk of escalation to world war," he remarked.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister also stated that the Hungarian government believes peace efforts and diplomacy should take precedence over arms deliveries to prevent further casualties and destruction.

"Therefore, we Hungarians are ready to discuss all peace plans. But it's also necessary to realize that peace conferences can be successful only when all parties involved in the war are present," he said, likely referring to the Peace Summit in Switzerland, where Russia's involvement is a contentious issue.

Criticism of Additional Sanctions

Szijjártó also criticized the EU's intention to adopt a new sanctions package against Russia, arguing that the previous 13 packages had failed.

"If something has failed completely thirteen times, why try the same thing the fourteenth time?" he asked.

Szijjártó contended that European measures have caused more harm to Europe than to Russia, with the people of Europe, including Hungarians, paying the price despite not being responsible for the war's outbreak.

A similar sentiment was expressed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who accused European leaders of employing a "war logic" in response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Orbán further courted controversy by referring to Ukraine as a "protectorate" of the West and suggesting that it should be a "buffer" between Russia and NATO countries.

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