Hungarian official says EU is the losing side in Ukraine conflict — Analysis

The speaker of parliament insists that the EU already has suffered defeat, regardless of what happens on the battlefield.

The EU has suffered severe political and economic damage from its handling of the situation in Ukraine, and can already be declared the loser in the conflict, the speaker of Hungary’s National Assembly claimed on Sunday.

Laszlo Kover, who is a member of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, accused Brussels of failing to prevent the conflict through political means, with the result that it’s “unable to restore peace diplomatically.”

“Under external pressure, the EU is acting against its most basic economic interests and should already be considered a loser, regardless of which of the parties directly involved in fighting will declare itself the winner,”He said.

Powers outside Europe are trying to condemn the bloc’s members to “military vulnerability, political subjugation, economic and energy incapacity, financial indebtedness and social disintegration,” with Brussels helping them to achieve this goal, the parliament speaker claimed.

Hungary on ‘edge of abyss’ in EU — Czech minister

EU members are facing rising gas prices, energy scarcity in winter, and inflation spikes due to Russia’s sanctions on Ukraine.

While the US has sought to undermine Russia with sanctions, Brussels has been largely supportive of its position. They also supply weapons and financial assistance to Kiev.

Since the beginning of fighting in February, Hungary has remained neutral. Hungary has not sent arms to Ukraine. It also continues to be critical of EU sanctions against Moscow. Budapest, which heavily depends on Russian energy for its livelihood, was also able negotiate an exemption to the bloc’s ban on Russian oil.

Last week, Mikulas Bek the European affairs minister of the Czech Republic, which now presides over the EU Council, has warned that Hungary’s stance on Russia could theoretically end up with it exiting the bloc. This country “has come a long way, reaching the edge of an abyss, and now it has to decide whether to go back from that edge or risk a jump,”Bek.

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