Hungarian troops near the Ukrainian border - Photo: MTI

Fidesz official: Hungarian security paramount

Gulyas calls for rejecting left’s proposal for Hungary’s military involvement

The left wing's proposal for Hungary to get involved in the military conflict should be rejected, Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister's chief of staff, said in Vasarosnameny, in north-eastern Hungary, on Friday.

Hungary should not take part in this war and should not send soldiers to Ukraine, he said.

In turn, it should make every possible effort for peace to be restored, Gulyas said, adding that Hungary must stay out of the conflict.

Hungary should step up efforts to protect its borders and provide organised help to refugees, he said.

Gulyas expressed hope that the danger of war would soon be averted. He said NATO member states had adopted a uniform position and would guarantee their defence together.

Gulyas noted that Prime Minister Viktor Orban had held talks with the EU heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday evening and made it clear that Hungary would support all proposals that are acceptable to the member states.

Gulyas noted that Hungary condemned the military operation launched by Russia.

Fidesz official: Hungarian security paramount

A political consensus is needed on recognising the paramount importance of the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people in connection with the war unfolding in Ukraine, the leader of the Fidesz parliamentary group said on Friday.

Hungary is well prepared for all eventualities regarding the conflict, Mate Kocsis told the media in Parliament after attending a closed-door meeting of the defence and law enforcement committee in which the heads of national defence and law enforcement gave a briefing on the situation in Ukraine.

Hungary is ready to provide humanitarian aid and to fulfil its duties arising from its membership of NATO and EU, Kocsis said.

“Hungary won’t be sending troops or weapons to Ukraine,” Kocsis said. “We don’t want to take part in this conflict.”

In the closed committee session, he said, it was “reassuring” that the tone of opposition members was more moderate than in their public statements.

Agnes Vadai of the opposition Democratic Coalition said parliamentarians and the Hungarian public should be briefed regularly about the situation, including information regarding the country’s eastern border region. Vadai, the committee’s deputy head, briefed journalists in Parliament about the meeting in which Tibor Benko, the defence minister, and Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, the armed forces’ chief, presented information about the situation in Ukraine. This information has been sealed under secrecy until 2051, she added.

She said that whereas Fidesz politicians had previously referred to “Russian military action”, now there was greater acceptance of the term “Russian aggression”, and a parliamentary resolution should be passed accordingly. A special session of parliament will be convened for this purpose, she added.

Vadai said a meeting of the defence and law enforcement committee and the security committee would be initiated weekly in its current composition until the end of the current parliamentary cycle.

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