Posted: 05.04.2024 14:00:00

Szijjarto: Hungary still strongly against proposals to send troops to Ukraine

Hungary considers proposals to send Western troops to Ukraine unacceptable and continues to oppose the supply of weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine – as stated by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto, TASS reports


The politician announced information about Budapest's position at a press conference after a meeting in Nicosia with his Cypriot counterpart, Constantinos Kombos.

“Hungary, like Cyprus, does not supply weapons to Ukraine, and it will not do this. We also strongly oppose statements referring to the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine," Mr. Szijjarto said, noting that the Hungarian authorities adhere to a peaceful position, although now ‘this does not apply to the mainstream’ in Europe.

“Unfortunately, you immediately begin to be stigmatised if you stand for peace. There is very little room in the European Union for a rational dialogue on these issues," he stated.

Mr. Szijjarto is sure that ‘the same applies to sanctions’ against Russia. “It is quite obvious that the sanctions are damaging the European countries themselves," he said, stating that – although ‘this damage is not the same’ – there is no chance that the EU will have a mechanism to compensate for it. According to the politician, the reason for this damage is rooted in the EU’s ‘own sanctions policy’.