Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto calls for ‘every effort’ to avoid conflict between NATO, Russia

"Every effort must be made to avoid a conflict between NATO and Russia," the foreign minister told public radio on Sunday.
4. March 2024 7:26

Addressing French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent remark that “nothing could be ruled out” when asked about the possibility of deploying Western troops to Ukraine, Peter Szijjarto told Kossuth Radio that Europe was suffering from “war psychosis”. He welcomed responses by the majority of European politicians who said they did not wish to send troops to Ukraine.

After Western Europe’s deliveries to Ukraine progressed from helmets to ammunition, to armoured vehicles and rockets, he said it was no surprise that some Western politicians were talking about the deployment of ground troops. “That is diametrically opposed to joint decisions taken till now,” he added.

He noted that NATO members had issued a declaration two years earlier, stating that NATO was not a combatant and that all efforts should be made to avoid a conflict between NATO and Russia. Comments by Western politicians on the deployment of troops to Ukraine are in violation of that declaration, he said. He added that NATO was a defence alliance and attacking anyone was not its purpose.

He said that Hungary’s prediction made at the start of the war that sanctions against Russia would not work and that there would be no solution on the battlefield, had proved correct.

He warned that the longer the war lasted, the greater the threat of that “terrifying danger called the third world war”.

Szijjarto said the scenario in which Ukraine made advances on the battlefield that would put the country in an advantageous position to start negotiations had failed. “Time is on Russia’s side,” he added.

He reiterated Hungary’s position against sending weapons or troops to Ukraine, and for urging a ceasefire and peace talks.

Speaking about a recent summit of Visegrad Group leaders, he acknowledged differences on positions concerning the issue of peace, but said cooperation was an advantage when representing interests that converge, such as illegal migration, keeping energy supply a sovereign matter and agriculture development.

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