A Hungarian diplomat said that to his US counterpart at a Washington event organised to celebrate the Hungarian October 23 revolution of 1956. Ferenc Dancs, the deputy state secretary for North America of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, said that the USA sponsors broadcasts on Radio Free Europe intended to undermine the Hungarian prime minister.
PM Viktor Orbán did not mention the USA or Joe Biden in his October 23 speech in Budapest. However, he highlighted that, in 1956, Hungarians expected help from the USA. Sadly, nobody came from the West, only the Soviet tanks from the East. He said that currently, they did not ask anything from the USA. But George Soros and his network want to occupy Hungary and degrade it to a province of their empire.
According to washingtonexaminer.com, a government official claimed that the Biden administration means to help the Hungarian opposition win in 2022. The American news website says that Dancs tied events of 1956 with the current tensions between Washington and Budapest.
He highlighted the same as PM Orbán in his speech:
Hungarians expected help from the USA in 1956 but received nothing. Therefore “they have learned the lesson that, in times of trouble, we can only count on ourselves” –
The response of the audience was a murmur of shock, the news outlet says. “Very, very weird,” said a senior European official. “Even if there’s a concern, you won’t put it into a speech like that”, washingtonexaminer.com wrote.
Dancs continued and said that the restart of Radio Free Europe was because the
Biden administration would like to “interfere in our general elections.”
Before Dancs’s accusations, State Department Assistant Secretary Karen Donfried gave a warm tribute to Hungary’s independence and the two nations’ historical bond. “The American people and the people of Hungary know that we can never take our freedom for granted,” she said. “We must uphold democratic values at home and abroad, striving always to ensure that our actions are worthy of our ideals and all those who have sacrificed to secure and defend them”, – she added.
Later her team cleared that they have no knowledge of “any basis” for Dancs’ allegations. They added that
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty enjoys “complete editorial independence” under federal law.
Dancs’s verbal attack was unexpected because Mihály Varga, the minister for finance, praised the Hungarian-American economic and trade relations last week. Moreover, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs, called the Hungarian-American relationship a success story. Furthermore, he highlighted just one day before the October 23 commemoration that US companies have investeíd 1.4 billion USD in Hungary since 2015 – napi.hu reported.