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Szazadveg: Hungarians condemn pro-war statements

The majority of Hungarians condemn pro-war statements, the Szazadveg Institute said on Friday. Szazadveg cited Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as saying after a meeting of European Union leaders in February that "Hungary belongs in the pro-peace camp".

However, the government’s pro-peace position has attracted some international criticism, in an attempt to exercise pressure, the statement added.

Szazadveg said that a survey prepared by interviewing 1,000 Hungarians in March showed that 56 percent disagreed with EU Vice-President Vera Jourova who recently said “Hungary must be called out more often, particularly about its positions on Russia and the war”.

Some 58 percent said they disagreed with US Ambassador David Pressman who reacted to Orban’s call for ceasefire by stating that there was neither a “peace camp” nor a “war camp”, Szazadveg said.

Seven out of every 10 respondent in the survey opposed a recent call by EP President Roberta Metsola for EU countries to send more weapons to Ukraine and consider sending figher jets, Szazadveg added.

The survey also assessed Hungarians’ views on what consequences such statements could have on the progress of the war.

The majority of respondents, between 54 percent and 74 percent, said the above statements could result in the escalation of the conflict rather than promoting peace talks.

“Hungarians’ pro-peace stand is unchanged and the majority reject proposals that carry the risk of making peace impossible,” Szazadveg said.

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