Hungarian troops near the Ukrainian border - Photo: MTI

Orbán: Risk of being dragged into war at stake

At stake in this Sunday's general election is whether or not Hungary will be dragged into the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on the campaign trail on Tuesday.

“Ruining ourselves isn’t help, regardless of how our hearts beat as one with the Ukrainians,” the prime minister said in a video on Facebook.

Orbán said the demand by Ukrainians and the Hungarian left to “simply turn off the energy pipelines coming from Russia cannot be met because we’d be ruining ourselves”.

“And I doubt that would have been of any help to anyone,” he added.

Orbán said what was most at stake in the April 3 election was whether or not Hungary would be dragged into the war. “War destroys things, peace builds them up,” he said.

Orbán on Tuesday met with voters in Bekescsaba, in south-eastern Hungary, and asked them to vote for Fidesz’s candidate, Tamas Herczeg, on Sunday, the prime minister’s press chief told MTI.

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