Hungary is against new EU sanctions on Russia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday after meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Our position is very clear. We see no reasonable reasons to discuss a new package of sanctions, especially when it comes to energy,” Szijjarto said.
According to the minister, a new package of sanctions would be a “clear red line” for Budapest, and Hungarians are not prepared to “pay a price for a war” that does not concern them.
“This is a clear red line for us. We do not want the Hungarian people to pay a price for a war they have nothing to do with,” Szijjarto reportedly said.
Last Wednesday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU would impose new sanctions on Russia, following Moscow’s decision to support referendums in the two Donbass republics and Russian-controlled Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions on joining Russia.
Szijjarto added that Hungary would participate in EU debates on new sanctions, but it “wouldn’t consent to anything that is contrary to our national interests.”
The minister also called for dialogue with Russia, stressing that that peace “will not come without dialogue.”
“If there are no negotiations, the world will face more serious consequences,” he said.