From the very beginning, we have spoken clearly about the war taking place next door to us: we have condemned military aggression, stood up for Ukraine’s sovereignty, allowed into the country hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing for their lives, and delivered hundreds of tons of food and other donations as part of the largest humanitarian operation in Hungary’s history.
-began Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó (pictured) in a Facebook post on Wednesday morning. He added the usual comments of “this is not our war,” and “we are not willing to jeopardize the peace and security of the Hungarian people,” which is why “we will not transport arms and will not vote for energy sanctions.”
According to Szijjártó, “the Hungarian people on Sunday expressed a clear opinion and made a clear decision” about these issues.
We understand that the Ukrainians have different interests, which we don’t dispute either: for them, the interests of the Ukrainian people come first, while for us, the interests of the Hungarian people come first. But there is one thing which we cannot abide by: no one can be permitted to qualify the democratic decision of the Hungarian people! Statements about the formation of totalitarian regimes, complicity in the war, and deploring the will of the Hungarian people are unacceptable.
-writes the Hungarian Foreign Minister, who believes that “it’s time for Ukrainian leaders to stop insulting Hungary and take note of the will of the Hungarian people,” which is why they summoned the Ukrainian Ambassador to Budapest into the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs yesterday morning.
[Photo: Péter Szijjártó / Facebook]