Hungary is in favour of boosting the European Union’s defence capabilities and urges the continent to do more in this respect, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference on a different subject, Péter Szijjártó reacted to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent call for the creation of a joint EU military.
The minister noted that Hungary, too, had put forward a similar proposal in the past.
But as a member of NATO, Hungary considers it important to avoid any parallels between a potential EU military and the North Atlantic alliance, he said,
arguing that they could lead to operational difficulties or new conflicts.
Szijjártó said an EU military was necessary to fend off the external threats facing the bloc, such as illegal immigration.
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