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EU member explains why it’s not sending arms to Ukraine — Analysis

Hungary does not want to intervene in the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, country’s FM has said

Hungary refused to supply Ukraine with weapons because Budapest is trying not to get involved in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev in any way, the country’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told CNN on Tuesday.

Foreign minister said that the Hungarian/Ukrainian border is the best for transit and used to transport humanitarian supplies. He said that the assistance could flow into Ukraine without any restrictions, as all sides know that Hungary doesn’t supply weapons. 

He also mentioned that there are 150,000 Hungarians living in Ukraine’s Western region, so if Hungary starts arms deliveries they could become targets. “We don’t want them [Russians] to shoot at the areas where Hungarians live, that’s why we would not like to get involved in this conflict,” he reiterated. 

Szijjarto also responded to comments Volodymyr Zelensky made about Ukraine’s President. He criticized Hungary for refusing to place sanctions on Moscow, and not doing more for Kiev to defeat the Russian offensive. “unfair.”

“We are carrying out the largest humanitarian relief effort in the history of our country… We do not expect anyone to say ‘thank you’ to the Hungarians, although tens of thousands of Hungarians joined forces to work day-by-day to take care of hundreds of thousands of poor Ukrainians,”He stressed.

Budapest claims that Ukraine is not a member of the European Union. “provoke, accuse and say bad things”About Hungary, because Kiev did not like one of its decisions regarding weapon deliveries 

Hungary’s ambassador to Germany Peter Gyorkos also said in late June that Budapest does not want to be lectured on its relations with Russia and does not plan to levy “radical sanctions”Moscow. 

Russia warned that the West had not received a significant portion of its arms deliveries intended for Ukraine on Tuesday. “Some of the foreign weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine are spreading throughout the Middle East region, and also end up on the black market,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

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