Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky

Defence Minister discusses cooperation with German counterpart

Germany is a key ally and a strategic partner of Hungary in defence development and policy, Defence Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky said on Tuesday, after talks with Christine Lambrecht, his German counterpart.

Szalay-Bobrovniczky told public media his first official ministerial visit signalled a “strategic commitment beyond occasional ideological disagreements and government cycles” to Hungary-Germany relations.

Hungary has become a primary export market for Germany’s defence industry in recent years, he said.

The minister said the two countries shared the view that NATO should stay out of the war in Ukraine.

Regarding the NATO’s new strategy expected to be adopted at next week’s summit in Madrid, the minister said that besides the “Russian threat”, NATO should focus on “comprehensive defence”, which included combatting illegal migration, which is putting Hungarian border defence under enormous pressure.

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