Gergely Gulyás, leader of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on today’s government info that Ukraine had started taking “revenge” on ethnic Hungarians during Hungary’s talks with Russia on gas supplies, and the Hungarian government would thwart association talks between Ukraine and NATO. He said, however, that “we would like to resume dialogue”, adding that Hungary would continue to make humanitarian and political gestures towards Ukraine.
PM Viktor Orbán added following talks with his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis that the gas purchase agreement Hungary signed with Russia earlier this week is a matter of Hungary’s sovereignty, and Ukraine has nothing to do with it. Answering a question, Orbán said
Hungary is a sovereign state and will purchase gas from whichever country it chooses.
“It is up to us alone to decide which route we use to bring this energy to Hungary,” he said, adding that in selecting the route the only criteria is that it should provide the greatest security.
Gergely Gulyás said on the government info that illegal migration to Hungary was eight times as high as in recent years, adding that border controls needed to be reinforced. On another subject, Gulyás said that the government supported that teachers’ wages should be raised, but added that a relevant decision had not been adopted. Concerning meals to students at school, Gulyás said that the government was working to ensure that their price should not be raised above inflation, and noted that most children from kindergarten throughout secondary school were receiving those meals free of charge.
Answering a question about an investigation into the finances of the Antall József Knowledge Centre, Gulyás said that though the centre had not violated the rules of law, some of its purchases were “unjustified” and certain payments it had made were “morally questionable”, therefore it would not be subsidised from public coffers in future. In another development, Gulyás said
Concerning the coronavirus situation, Gulyás said
he did not see “an urging demand” to lift restrictions
so that by-elections could be held, but added that it was “inconceivable” that next year’s parliamentary elections should be postponed because of a coronavirus-related emergency.