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Szijjártó Mocks Zelensky Criticism With Self-Congratulatory Praise

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó responded on Facebook to a speech made by Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which the Ukrainian President criticized the Hungarian government for its stance on resisting the embargo on Russian oil. Hungary is reportedly not even willing to negotiate a sixth package of sanctions against Russia over oil and money.

Szijjártó offered a Hungarian translation of Zelensky’s speech, given in Ukrainian via video link, as follows:

Thank you, Hungarians, for accepting more than 720,000 refugees. Thank you for caring for them, thank you for giving them work, thank you for offering medical treatment to 130 Ukrainian children, thank you for offering hospital care to wounded Ukrainian soldiers, thank you for offering scholarships to 1,000 Ukrainian youths, thank you for starting to rebuild a school and a kindergarten, and thank you for helping to accommodate internally displaced persons!

The head of Hungarian diplomacy then wrote that if this is what Zelensky meant to say in Davos, “then our answer is ‘you’re welcome,’ and we will continue to help.”

However, Szijjártó did not respond to dramatic remarks made by Volodymyr Zelensky:

Tell them that in Ukraine, people and children are dying. They are being killed. Like the 18-year-old killer in Texas… We also have 18-year-old soldiers coming from Russia and simply torturing children. They were told this, to which they said, “That’s all clear. But what about the oil? Where can we get the money?”

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