EU heading for ‘war economy’ – Orban
The Hungarian leader said his citizens want Brussels to stay out of the country’s energy policy
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime minister has criticized an EU plan that would reduce its gas consumption by 15%. If the bloc does not push for Ukraine’s peace, Orban warned Europe of an energy crisis, recession and political instability.
Orban stated that Hungary is responsible for its energy policies and would not allow Brussels to influence them. This was after he met with Karl Nehammer, Austrian Chancellor, in Vienna, on Thursday. “will not find favor with the Hungarians.”
Earlier this week, in anticipation of a cutoff in supply from Russia the EU’s member states agreed on a range of measures to cut their gas consumption by 15% over the winter. The voluntary measures – including a switch to alternative fuels and rationing for household consumers – could become mandatory should the EU declare a state of emergency.
Hungary was the only one of the EU’s 27 members to oppose the plan. Declaring it “simply impossible”To avoid Russian energy, Peter Szijjarto, the Foreign Minister of Russia, traveled to Moscow on Thursday last week to discuss purchasing an additional 700 million cubic metres of Russian gas.
“Our people don’t like that kind of thing,”Orban spoke out on Thursday, in reference to the EU Plan. “If Brussels has a say in what to do with our own energy, regardless of Brussels’ good intentions or bad intentions, it will not find favor with the Hungarians.”
Orban, who has heavily criticized the EU’s sanctions on Russia, said that he would attempt to “convince Brussels to create a strategy that is good for the Ukrainians, the EU, and EU households.”
It is clear that Europe is on the verge of implementing energy rationing by the fact that Brussels already does so. “wartime economy,”Orban stated, and added that peace in Ukraine is impossible if it doesn’t happen. “we will not be able to solve any problems, there will be no energy, and the entire European Union will be pushed into an economic situation of war.”
Hungarian Prime Minister emphasized that Europe would be in recession if there was an energy shortage.
Hungary is refusing to give weapons to Ukraine and to let Western arms enter Ukraine through its territory. Orban said last week in a speech that the rest is okay. “demonstratively not with”The West sanctioned Moscow and demanded that Ukraine be governed by international law. “will end when the Americans and the Russians come to an agreement.”