Nemeth: Future world order to be based on ‘international community’s approach to Russia’
Nemeth said the existing world order was based on the Charter of the United Nations adopted in 1945 whose fundamental legal principles include the equality of sovereign nations, the maintenance of international peace and security, the strengthening of prosperity and the guarantee of human rights, including minority rights. “But this structure is beginning to crack because Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is riding roughshod over the principles enshrined in the UN Charter,” he said. “If it punishes Russia, then there is no more UN, but if it doesn’t, then it goes against its own fundamental principle,” Nemeth insisted.
Hungary has “consistently condemned” Russia’s aggression and has recognised Ukraine’s right to defend itself, he said. In that spirit, Hungary provides help to Ukraine not through arms deliveries but by supplying fuel and with the training of military health professionals, he said. He added that the war could not be used as an excuse to discriminate against national minorities living in Ukraine. Ukraine should know that its path to the West leads through central Europe, he said.
Nemeth said Hungary needed to find a balance between political communication and its strategic goals, and hailed Hungary’s diplomatic success in influencing Brussels’s sanctions policy to limit the negative impact of the sanctions on the country. But when it came to the perception of Hungary, he said the country had backed ten sanctions packages, yet Brussels was giving the impression that it had vetoed all of them.
Meanwhile, Nemeth said the NATO policy agreed on at last week’s summit in Vilnius that Russia was a threat and that Ukraine’s accession to the alliance was conditional on the war ending was in line with Hungary’s position.