Russia's foreign minister meets Hungarian counterpart

"Peace will not come about without dialogue. If there are no peace negotiations in the coming period, the world will face even more severe consequences, which would be good to prevent," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after the meeting.

POLITICS SEPTEMBER 23. 2022 10:21

In Hungary, a country bordering Ukraine, all the consequences of the war appear almost immediately and extremely severely, Hungary’s foreign affairs and trade minister told Segei Lavrov during their meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He mentioned soaring inflation and massive refugee influx as examples of this. In FM Szijjarto’s view, the only solution to these problems would be peace. For this reason Hungary wants peace as soon as possible, but achieving peace requires negotiations and dialogue.

“The UN General Assembly offers the best opportunity for these talks to start, but at the end of the fourth day, regretfully, we have to say that no such discussions have taken place and it is highly unlikely that they will in the remaining days,”

Hungary’s foreign minister said, noting that no other EU foreign minister had met with Mr Lavrov, the head of Russian diplomacy.

“So why then did I meet Sergei Lavrov, lawmakers, pundits, mouthpieces and media representatives of the Hungarian opposition may ask, but I believe that peace will not come about without dialogue. If there are no peace negotiations in the coming period, the world will face even more severe consequences, and it would be good to prevent these,”

Mr Szijjarto pointed out. Speaking about the energy crisis, Hungary’s FM warned that Hungary’s economy could not function without Russian energy sources, and people would not be able to heat their homes or use hot water, or even cook.

You can like or dislike this fact, but it is still a fact, a fact of physical reality. Stemming from the characteristics of Central Europe’s infrastructure, Russia has an extremely important role to play in both oil and gas supplies,

he explained, noting that Gazprom continues to deliver gas to Hungary without any disruptions and that it is delivering an extra 5.8 million cubic metres of gas every day, thanks to an agreement in excess of contracted volumes. The Turkish Stream pipeline has now become the most reliable transport route between Russia and Europe, while supplies from the north and west are scarce, he added.

“Hungary is pursuing a responsible energy policy, our national interest dictates that we pursue reliable and predictable cooperation with Russia and Gazprom, without which Hungary’s energy supply would not be secure,”

he said. Mr Szijjarto also referred to nuclear cooperation, emphasizing that with the commissioning of the new reactor units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in 2030, Hungary will be able to partially detach itself from the uncertainties and price hikes that characterise the international energy market. It is good news that, on the basis of previous contracts, the Paks Nuclear Power Plant saw the arrival of another fuel shipment from Russia, somewhat by detour, via Northern and Western Europe, so the reactors’ operation appears guaranteed for the next time period, FM Szijjarto stressed in conclusion.

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Hungary, péter szijjártó, russia, sergey lavrov