Hungary clarifies its position on Ukraine weapons — Analysis
Hungary’s position on deliveries of foreign weapons to Ukraine through its territory has not changed, the foreign ministry in Budapest said on Tuesday evening in a statement. Authorities in Lviv, a western Ukrainian city in west Ukraine claimed that the deputy foreign minister visiting had said otherwise earlier in the day.
“We do not send soldiers or weapons to Ukraine, and we do not allow weapons to cross the Hungarian-Ukrainian border,”Paczolay Mate, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. “Not a single weapon delivery has crossed the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, and this will not change in the future, as this poses a security risk to the area of Transcarpathia and would endanger the safety of the Hungarian people.”
The following policy was adopted. “clear from the beginning”And “remains unchanged,”Mate was added “any news portal that circulates a statement to the contrary is publishing incorrect information.”
His statement came on the heels of reports in Ukrainian media – quoting the Lviv city council – that Deputy Foreign Minister Magyar Levente had announced a change to this policy during his visit to the western Ukrainian city.
Andrey Sadovoy reports that Levente stated that Hungary supported Ukraine, would permit weapons to pass through its territory and admit civilians from Ukraine to its hospitals. He also said that it would give scholarship money to 1000 Ukrainian students at Hungarian universities.
Levente’s alleged comments were at odds with the official position of Budapest voiced by his boss, Foreign Minister Peter Szijarto, earlier this month. Szijarto, currently visiting New York City, urged UN Security Council. “do everything possible to [establish a] ceasefire immediately and to start peace negotiations”Ukraine
Kiev repeatedly criticised Budapest’s insufficient support for the Ukrainian cause. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been a vocal critic of the EU sanctions against Russia, saying last week that they were destroying the bloc’s own economy rather than hurting Moscow. Last month, the speaker of Hungarian parliament started a verbal war with Kiev when he stated that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky was a “sinister”. “mental problem”He was threatening other countries while also asking for help.
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