In a radio interview on Friday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the war in Ukraine “is not our war; here we cannot win, but we could lose everything.” Orbán told public radio: “The question here is whether or not the economy functions.”
“We condemn the Russian attack, but we cannot help the Ukrainians if we destroy ourselves in the meantime,” he added. He said the Ukrainian president’s efforts must be taken “with understanding”. “He’s looking out for Ukrainian interests and trying to help in his own country.” Orbán said his dispute was with the Hungarian opposition, which, he insisted, wanted to “obey” the Ukrainian president.
The prime minister said the proposal to replace cheap Russian gas with expensive supplies from America was not viable.
He added that the referendum on child protection would “decide our children’s future”. Referring to the government-sponsored referendum taking place in parallel with Sunday’s general election, Orbán told public radio that Hungary could still protect its children and
prevent “gender madness”
from taking over “if we make it clear with a referendum that the simple fact is: the father is a man, the mother is a woman, and everyone should leave our children alone.”
“This way we can protect our children and the right of parents to [decide about their child’s] sex education,” he said, adding that this was a more important issue those appearing “in the shadow of the war”.