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Fidesz MEP: Hungary doing everything it can for peace

Hungary is doing everything possible to help bring about peace in Ukraine, Kinga Gal, an MEP of ruling Fidesz, said in Strasbourg on Wednesday, noting that the country had backed all six of the EU's sanctions packages against Russia.
9. June 2022 6:30

Hungary supported the first five sanctions packages as they were, and the sixth one on phasing out Russian oil imports on the condition that it would not apply to pipeline deliveries, Gal told MTI.

She said Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín had been successful in protecting the Hungarian government’s cap on utility costs at last week’s summit of European Union leaders. He was the only leader to stand up for the interests of Hungarian families, but at the same time worked to find a common solution in the interest of European unity, Gal added.

She said there were more and more predictions being made about serious economic problems hitting Europe. “Europe must not find itself in a worse situation than Russia after the sanctions are introduced; we cannot cause more damage for our own peoples,” Gal said. “This should be the main factor in the decision making.”

Hungary firmly condemns war crimes, Gal said, adding that they should not go unpunished and that Russian aggression “cannot be defended”. She noted that Hungary was helping Ukraine by taking in some 10,000 Ukrainian refugees a day and undertaking “one of the largest humanitarian aid operations” in its history.

Meanwhile, Gal said Hungary opposed sanctions against religious leaders because “such measures make it harder to establish peace”.

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