Viktor Orbán spoke about the Bulgarian natural gas tax: it is an anti-Hungarian step and must be withdrawn

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Serbia and Hungary are linked by the future – emphasised the Prime Minister. The upcoming risks are the similar for each nations, he added, then defined: each nations have a robust nationwide identification, “we love our nation, we love our folks, we love our historical past, and we’re able to struggle for it”. “So we do not wish to be a part of an enormous, European United States or some superstate and turn out to be only a province of it. We are proud nations and proud states,” he said, repeating that each peoples are able to struggle if crucial.

Regarding the deliberate Bulgarian measures relating to the transit of Russian natural gas, Viktor Orbán emphasised that this is an anti-Hungarian determination. “I do not care why they did this, what expectations they’ve of Russia. This is none of my enterprise. I’m the chief of the Hungarians, and what the Bulgarian authorities did is clearly an anti-Hungarian step and they must withdraw it. We can’t settle for it, we must to alter,” he underlined, then added: “no matter their motive was, the penalties are unfavorable for Hungarians, which we can’t settle for”.

Viktor Orbán additionally spoke about Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. According to him, this course of was not correctly ready. As he mentioned, hiring new members is an goal, conditional course of, there are milestones that must be met, and if somebody has not met them, they can not transfer on. “Unfortunately, the report ready by the European Commission, during which it is said that Ukraine has fulfilled 4 of the seven necessities set as a precondition for the begin of negotiations, is not true. It is false,” he emphasised. He added: he would love the Ukrainians to get nearer to Europe, however he considers the declare that Ukraine is prepared to start out negotiations to be ridiculous, as it will nonetheless take years. Hungary, on the different hand, proposes {that a} strategic partnership ought to first be concluded with Ukraine, during which points associated to safety, agriculture or finance would additionally be included, Viktor Orbán added. After that, a trial interval might comply with, in an effort to discover out whether or not the system is practical and to keep away from a scenario like with Turkey, with which negotiations started many years in the past, however “did not lead wherever”.

According to the Prime Minister, it is not honest that the Western Balkan nations have been conducting accession negotiations with the European Union for years, and that this course of is very gradual, whereas Ukraine all of the sudden – for political causes – begins the negotiations. “I’m afraid European leaders do not perceive the strategic significance of Serbia and the Western Balkans. They are too far-off. That’s why I believe it’s my mission to assist them perceive the significance of Serbia, the significance of the Balkans, what is at stake. The downside is that they do not perceive that the European Union wants Serbia greater than Serbia wants the European Union, as a result of the Serbs produce other choices,” he identified. He defined: Serbia and its predecessor, Yugoslavia, have been amongst the non-committed nations, and now they nonetheless have extra room for maneuver. The world is altering, the dominant forces are altering, and the Serbs have the alternative to decide on between the European or one other strategic path. “Europe ought to persuade you to hitch us, not you us to just accept Serbia,” emphasised Viktor Orbán.

In reference to the sanctions in opposition to Russia, Viktor Orbán said: he made a logical determination by not becoming a member of the EU sanctions. As he mentioned, Hungary is a part of the European Union, however doesn’t agree with the worldwide coverage based mostly on punitive measures. “It is very uncommon that sanctions result in the desired impact and end result,” he said. According to him, the financial system will be destroyed as a result of the sanctions, and Europe will trigger extra injury and issues to itself than to Russia, so the sanctions system is not nicely developed. Moreover, Serbia “is not a member of the European Union. Nobody can anticipate Serbia to have a European sanctions system,” he defined. He added: From Budapest’s standpoint, the Serbian place appears very logical, since why would they settle for one thing that is unhealthy for them and doesn’t profit them in any method.

Regarding the stakes of subsequent yr’s European Union elections, Viktor Orbán said that Europe has at all times been organized in two methods. One is the custom of the Roman Empire, which might set up the folks residing in all its territories below a single empire. This has its benefits and disadvantages. The different is the custom of nation states. In pleased instances there was a stability between the two, however with the UK leaving the EU, that stability has been disrupted and imperial voices are getting louder. Hungary doesn’t agree with this and will struggle for its independence – he underlined.

Cover picture supply: MTI Photo/Prime Minister’s Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

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