Europe has long lost the “battle [to control] the narrative” in connection with the war in Ukraine, as the rest of the world “just want it to be over, regardless of what is causing the fallout”, the Hungarian foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Speaking to news channel M1 ahead of attending a donor conference for Ukraine’s reconstruction in New York, Péter Szijjártó noted that the sanctions imposed on Russia after it attacked Ukraine were now “making life miserable not only in Europe but worldwide”, by causing rising energy and food prices and a fertiliser shortage.
Szijjártó said the EU foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday had mulled ways to “explain that the root cause of the suffering was the war and not the sanctions.” At the same time, Szijjártó said his talks with foreign ministers from outside Europe at the UN General Assembly had made it clear that “they are not interested in what we have to say… they just want it to end.”
“I sincerely hope that European countries and the EU itself will finally table measures that will contribute to ending the war, rather than the ones prolonging and escalating it,” he said.
The foreign minister noted that Hungary had offered 1,000 grants for Ukrainian refugees wishing to study at Hungarian universities, as part of the “largest humanitarian aid programme of Hungary’s history”. The country is also ready to rebuild a school and a GP’s office in Ukraine that have been bombed down, he said.
As we wrote today, Hungarian foreign minister said, the EU should stop talking about an 8th package of Russia sanctions, details HERE.
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