Hungary’s prime minister reportedly wants his party to make lifting trade restrictions with Russia a priority
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the EU leadership had caused a continent-wide crisis by imposing sanctions on Russian energy.
The Eurosceptic politician criticized Brussels on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening when he announced a meeting with members of the ruling coalition in parliament. According to local media, during the closed-door gathering, he blamed EU bureaucrats for the difficulties that member states, including Hungary, are currently facing.
Orban told MPs from his Fidesz party and its affiliated Christian Democrats (KDNP) that if EU sanctions against Russia were lifted, gas prices would be halved and inflation would be reduced as a result, Magyar Nemzet reported.
Hungary’s prime minister said EU leadership promised earlier this summer that sanctions would hurt Russia’s economy, not EU people, but the report says the opposite has happened. Orban predicted that lifting sanctions would allow the EU to avoid recession.
In November, the EU will have a meaningful opportunity to reconsider trade restrictions with Russia, Orban said, and Hungary’s ruling coalition should work hard to eliminate them by the end of the year.
The prime minister also lashed out at Hungary’s opposition, accusing them of supporting Brussels’ policies without thinking about the damage they are causing to the country, Magyar Nemzet said. He also outlined several measures, such as energy subsidies, that the Fidesz-KDNP government is taking to mitigate the impact of skyrocketing prices, the newspaper reported.
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Orban, re-elected overwhelmingly in April, is an outspoken critic of the EU leadership. He has called the bloc the main loser in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, in which it sided with Kiev. The sanctions were imposed by Brussels in retaliation for Russia’s decision to send troops to Ukraine at the end of February.
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