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Orbán to oppose EU sanctions on Russian energy at emergency summit

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is travelling to France on Thursday to attend an emergency summit of European Union leaders in Versailles on the war in Ukraine and its effects, the PM's press chief said, adding that Orbán will make clear that Hungary is opposed to imposing sanctions on Russian energy.
10. March 2022 15:52

Orbán said at international talks ahead of the summit that the economic impact of the sanctions imposed on Russia over the war was high, but would have even more severe effects if they were to be applied to Russia’s oil and gas networks, Bertalan Havasi said.

Orbán has made it clear that Hungary could not follow the example of the United States and extend its sanctions to those sectors.

“This would be an unbearable burden for Hungary, so joining these sanctions is out of the question,” the prime minister has said. “We continue to require the gas and oil that is arriving from Russia.”

Several other EU leaders and economic interest groups have expressed similar positions on potential sanctions against Russian energy this past week, the statement said.

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