Hungary warns of challenges from south at NATO meeting in Bucharest
Hungary shares solidarity with countries in NATO’s eastern flank concerning their worries about Russia but considers challenges from the south as equally important, a deputy state secretary in charge of security policy said at a NATO meeting in Bucharest on Tuesday.
Péter Siklósi cited instability in the Middle East and North Africa and the resulting interconnected threats of migration and terrorism as the main challenges.
He told MTI by phone that the regional meeting of defence ministers from the Baltic states, the Visegrád Group, Bulgaria and Romania is meant to pave the way for a NATO summit for heads of government and state to be held in Brussels in July.
“We are united against challenges and NATO is clearly suitable and ready to protect member states,” he said.
The participants of the B9 meeting in Bucharest were in agreement that a decision made at the NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw to adapt the defence alliance to new security challenges needs to be further implemented, Siklósi said.
The Bucharest meeting dealt with the challenges posed by Russia which especially affect countries that neighbour Russia directly or indirectly through the Black Sea. Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are less influenced by this, he added.
“I expressed Hungary’s solidarity with these member states but also called their attention to the equally important southern challenges that need to be addressed.
North Africa, the Middle East and the instability there, resulting in terrorism and mass migration as mutually reinforcing factors, these challenges need to be addressed in a similar manner,” he said.