Budapest, December 15 (MTI) – As EU economic sanctions against Russia work against Hungary’s economic interests, the government should lobby in Brussels against extending them, a lawmaker of radical nationalist Jobbik said on Tuesday.
EU leaders are scheduled to take a final decision on extending the sanctions against Russia by six months at a meeting later this week, Marton Gyongyosi told a press conference.
He referred to data quoted by foreign minister Peter Szijjarto at his parliamentary committee hearing showing that as a result of sanctions, Hungary’s exports to Russia had dropped by 21 percent in the first nine months of 2015.
“This short-sighted war of economic and trade sanctions” works to the detriment of Hungary’s economic interests, as much as it harms every other EU member state, he said.
Jobbik calls on the Hungarian government to do its utmost and represent the country’s national economic interests at the EU level meeting, Gyongyosi said.