If someone considers the progress of war, it makes no sense cherishing illusions, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said during this week’s government info. He added that the position of several western politicians that Ukraine should win the war might be morally correct but there is no real chance for such a victory.
Asked if Ukraine should relinquish some of its territories to Russia, Gulyas said, “we do not want to make a statement in what is an Ukrainian affair”.
In response to a question, Gulyas said a visit by Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto to Ukraine was not on the agenda.
Gulyás said prices above 200 US dollars per barrel would severely dent Europe’s competitiveness globally, while signs of a swift end to the war in Ukraine were few and far between.
Gulyás noted the war in Ukraine and the related sanctions had buckled Europe’s energy supplies, with the price of crude and natural gas skyrocketing.
There are no guarantees, he added, that crude deliveries would be continuous in the autumn and winter, so releasing the entire strategic reserves was off-limits, and only as much as there is a “real chance” of replacing in the next six to nine months could be freed.
Meanwhile, the PM’s chief of staff said it would be clear that Europe is switching to a wartime economy if the European Union declares an energy emergency.
Gulyás said such an eventuality would unmask the bad faith of politicians who have claimed that the war would have no effect on Europe. Such a crisis would present difficulties for households and could push the European economy into recession, he added.