Hungary will not send troops or weapons to Ukraine, nor will it allow deadly weapons to be transported through the country, said Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs, on Monday afternoon from Kosovo. Szijjártó justified the decision by claiming that the government did not want Hungary to get involved in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Although the government previously agreed with the European position of sending arms to Ukraine, Péter Szijjártó said that:
The reason for the decision now is because delivering weapons could cause Hungary and ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia to become military targets. We must ensure Hungary’s security so that we do not get enmeshed in this war.
-stated the Foreign Minister.
NATO is delivering German-made missiles and other military hardware from the Netherlands to Ukraine on a NATO airplane with Hungarian insignia, HVG has reported.
Péter Szijjártó announced that the government would provide 600 million Ft. (US $1.72 million) in funds to alleviate the refugee crisis in Ukraine.
[HVG][Photo: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Budapest, August 2021]