According to Péter Szijjártó, the government would like to cooperate with Joe Biden’s administration, but he is asking for more respect for Hungary.
The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs was a guest of the Global Conversation program in Euronews‘ Brussels studio, where he also spoke about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine contract, the rule of law mechanism and the Navalny case.
Szijjártó said that it was “not very important” that the Hungarian government was pro-Trump in the US presidential election campaign. He justified this by saying that as Hungarians they could not vote for the US presidential candidates.
He also claimed that he himself had not criticized Joe Biden, but that the new president of the USA had insulted Hungary when he called it an autocratic system.
According to the Foreign Minister, this insult was only part of the campaign anyway.
“We obviously ask for more respect for Hungary in this regard. We are quite confident that if the new president wants to deal with Central Europe, we are ready to work with him.”
He said he wanted the same level of ties with the United States as Hungary did during Trump’s presidency.
On another topic, he added that he does not see a more democratic politician in Europe than Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the moment.