Defence Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky - Photo: Facebook

Defence Minister: Hungary ‘alone in EU’ to urge ceasefire, peace in Ukraine

Hungary is "the only European Union member to demand an immediate ceasefire and peace negotiations", the defence minister said in a Facebook video concerning the war in Ukraine, uploaded on Wednesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of EU defence ministers in Toledo, Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky said the EU was “putting an enormous pressure on Hungary . to grant its approval to spending additional hundreds of millions of euros on weapons (to Ukraine)”.

“Hungary supports peace and stability at all levels and at every forum,” the minister said. He insisted that there was “no rapid military solution” to the war, but “EU countries would not change their position to continue fighting with weapons.”

Szalay-Bobrovniczky called Ukraine’s keeping Hungary’s OTP bank on a list of war sponsors “unacceptable” and said “as long as it stays like that, Hungary will not have further negotiations” concerning the proposed financial framework to Ukraine.

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