Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday met his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict and economic cooperation. Szijjártó told a joint press conference after the bilateral meeting that the war in Ukraine was “the worst-case scenario”. Hungary stands by the sovereignty of Ukraine and finds recent developments “worrisome”, Szijjártó said in Manama.
As a neighbouring country, Hungary sees it as a priority to protect Hungarian citizens and to “stay out of the armed conflict”, he said. The Hungarian foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Russia’s Ambassador to Hungary to brief him on Hungary’s stance on the conflict, Szijjártó said.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is travelling to Brussels later on Thursday to attend a meeting of the European Council regarding the EU’s response. Talks are ongoing among NATO member states, too, and Hungary is taking part in shaping the response, he said. The minister again called on Hungarians in central and eastern Ukraine to contact the embassy in Kyiv and “avail themselves of the safety it can provide”.
Szijjártó insisted that certain leftist initiatives would see Hungary deploy “troops and weapons” to the conflict zone. The government does not support that “extremely irresponsible” concept, he said.