Hungary’s position rejecting EU sanctions on Russia’s energy exports is unacceptable, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday:
The decision and approach of Hungary’s government not to support any sanctions that target Russian energy exports is unacceptable. Especially now as Europe needs to be united more than ever.
EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday night, following a one-day meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, that unanimous support from EU member states for a proposed ban on oil imports was still lacking, and that talks were continuing.
Compromise proposals from the European Commission, in which Slovakia and Hungary would be exempt from the oil embargo until the end of 2024, and the Czech Republic until mid-2024, have been accepted by the governments in Prague and Bratislava. However, Hungary has set new conditions before it can give its consent, wrote Czech news agency CTK on Tuesday. [Magyar Hang]