Hungary and Turkey both see it as imperative for diplomatic talks to start as soon as possible on the war in Ukraine, as they may lead to a ceasefire and a peace agreement, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee said on Tuesday, after meeting his Turkish counterpart, Akif Cagatay Kilic.
Hungarian-Turkish relations go back 100 years, and are expected to become much stronger, Zsolt Németh said after the meeting. Hopes are high that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also visit Hungary, he said. Németh and Kilic discussed the Russia-Ukraine war. Turkey has acted as a mediator between the parties in many issues, Németh noted.
Turkey is also a key player in the issue of migration, he added, and called for the agreement between the European Union and Turkey to be implemented, so the latter can access the funds necessary to stem waves of migration towards Europe.
The country plays an important role in Hungary’s energy supplies, especially due to the “sanctions-fueled inflation”, he said. Kilic thanked Hungary’s support after a recent explosion in Istanbul. Hungary and Turkey both work to broker peace between Ukraine and Russia, he added.