Defence Minister: Hungary having ‘crucial role’ in NATO defence plan
Speaking after the NATO summit in Vilnius, the minister said Hungary was spending 2 percent of its GDP on defence, adding that the ratio would be maintained in 2024. He noted Hungary’s contribution to international NATO missions as well as to efforts aimed at reinforcing the organisation’s eastern flank.
Concerning the war in Ukraine, Szalay-Bobrovniczky said the Hungarian government “shares NATO’s position and will not supply lethal equipment, will not participate or drift into the war and will avoid its escalation.”
He noted that Ukraine had not received an invitation to join NATO, adding that “neither the situation is suitable nor Ukraine is ready to become a member”.
The Hungarian government maintains its position that an immediate ceasefire and peace talks are needed, Szalay-Bobrovniczky said.