picture of Péter Szijjártó

The Visegrad countries are ready to come to the immediate aid of Poland if it needs assistance, Péter Szijjártó announced after meeting with foreign ministers of the V4 nations in Brussels.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister’s remarks were in regards to “the migratory pressure on our Polish friends,” to whom he also expressed his gratitude and appreciation for “heroically protecting the EU’s external border and therefore us as well.”

Péter Szijjártó recalled that when Hungary was under similar pressure from migrants in 2015, “we could count on the help of our Visegrád 4 friends at that time,” and thus the same offer of help is extended to the Poles now.

The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border is becoming increasingly tense. In recent months, thousands of migrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, have gathered at the borders of Belarus and neighboring EU member states, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, hoping in freezing temperatures to find a way to enter the EU.

The EU has blamed Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko for the crisis, saying he deliberately triggered the situation in response to sanctions imposed on his country. The President of Belarus, meanwhile, spoke about his country’s desire to repatriate migrants stranded on the border, especially in the Middle East.

“There is active work taking place here to persuade people to return home. But no one wants to go back,” said Lukashenko according to state news agency MTI.

[Magyar Hang]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.