Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended an emergency NATO summit in Brussels and held talks with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the PM’s press chief said.
Orbán, who was the only NATO country leader to attend the summit in person, said upon arrival at the meeting that in the current situation
the safety of Hungary came first.
The prime minister added that Hungary was protecting its own and Europe’s borders together with NATO.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council has approved “a strong and robust package of sanctions” against Russia, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Friday. The EU showed unity in its decision, which Hungary was also a part of, the minister said after the meeting with his European counterparts.
The package includes financial restrictions on Russian businesses and banks, Russia’s energy sector and the air transport sector,
Szijjártó said. They also include a ban on the export of dual-use goods and technologies and involve sanctions against a list of individuals, including a freeze on the assets of the Russian president and the foreign minister, he said.
Szijjártó said Hungary considered it important that the sanctions did not endanger the supply of Russian energy and the ability to preserve the achievements of the government’s scheme to keep household utility bills low. He added that it was “good news” that the package did not threaten Hungary’s energy supply.
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