Moscow (MTI) – Hungary considers Russia an important partner, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said before talks with counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday.
Russia plays an exceptionally important role in energy supplies to central Europe, he said.
“We are glad that we can work together in increasing energy security for the region,” he added.
Szijjarto also said that it is in Hungary’s interest that practical and constructive cooperation should be rebuilt between Europe and Russia.
This is the first time that Szijjarto is visiting Russia as foreign minister.
Lavrov said that Russia understands that as a member of NATO and the EU, Hungary is fulfilling its obligations while at the same time protecting its own interests.
Hungary reaffirmed its intention to build the section of the South Stream gas pipeline that passes through Hungary, he noted.
Szijjarto said Hungary hoped that Russia and the EU would renew negotiations as soon as possible on issues related to the construction of the pipeline that is intended to supply Russian gas to several European countries, bypassing Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, called Hungary one of Russia’s most important political and trading partners, adding that Moscow is ready to share in strengthening dialogue with Budapest and in realising large-scale investments in Hungary. Speaking at an event in which the accreditations to 15 foreign ambassadors to Moscow were handed over on Wednesday, Putin said ties between Hungary and Russia were supported by a “rich history and the mutual respect of both nations.”