Hungary will speed up the development of its military by two to three times, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public radio Friday. “We must pursue capability development at a very fast pace,” he said. He said NATO had not yet confronted the possibility of “a collapse of the Ukrainian front”, adding that there was “every chance” of the front would be moving closer to Hungary.
Hungary’s defence capabilities must be stepped up “radically” with “superhuman effort”, he said. “To secure peace, we must now boost our military capabilities massively,” Orbán said. “This is not Hungary’s war; we must stay out of it,” he added.
Hungary, the prime minister insisted, was in a tougher position than other states due to the war in Ukraine and the “flood of migrants”.
He noted that 800,000 refugees have so far entered Hungary,
while this year the number of people crossing the border illegally has numbered more than 100,000.
Ukrainian EU candidacy ‘gives chance to stand up’ for rights of ethnic Hungarians
Ukraine obtaining candidate status from the European Union will help to bolster the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public Kossuth Radio on Friday.
The candidacy is a “first step”, and it does not automatically mean the start of integration talks, he noted. Kyiv will have to fulfil requirements for the accession talks to begin, including EU and Hungarian requirements regarding ethnic minorities in the country, he said.
“We are in a much better position now, with Ukraine requesting the candidacy, than we would be otherwise,” he said.
End war to end wartime inflation
The only way to end wartime inflation is by putting an end to the war, he said. “Hungary must be on the side of peace,” Orbán cleared. Whereas Hungary is officially curbing the price of certain products, wartime inflation can only be dampened temporarily and partially using these means, he said. Rather than imposing more sanctions, a ceasefire followed by an agreement on a framework for peace negotiations is needed, he added. The prime minister said that amid a war situation, the country was in a defensive posture, and now was not the time to push forward with investments or even wages. Rather, the aim now was to
“not allow the war situation to push our economic development and living standards backwards,”
The government, Orbán added, pledges to protect full employment, the family support system, caps on utility bills and pensions.
Police: 12,445 refugees arrive from Ukraine on Thursday
Fully 6,560 people crossed into Hungary directly from Ukraine on Thursday, while another 5,895 from Ukraine crossed from Romania, the national police headquarters (ORFK) said. Police issued temporary residence permits valid for thirty days to 309 people, ORFK told MTI on Friday.
Holders of such permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within thirty days to apply for permanent documents, it added. Budapest police received 268 refugees, 125 children among them, arriving by train, ORFK said.
Is this heading to-wards COMPULSORY Mandatory Military Training – AGAIN – being re-introduced into Hungary ???
It was ABOLISHED circa 2010.
Strange as it may sound, worth consideration.
TEST it with the Citizens.
Referendum process – for consideration.
Referendum – “a general vote by the electrote on a single political question that has been refered to them – for a direct decision”.
Democracy – NEVER let it be FORGOTTEN is Dialogue.
Up until now, we were OK with our old BM-21 Grads, T-72 death traps and fleet of BTR-80s (wonder how many of those are actually operational – as infantry I would be scared witless to be sent out in one of those – there’s a reason why they ride on top instead of inside)… Old Soviet era ///.
Again. No real Plan or Plan B – so now we again get “Superhuman Effort!” and “Double, Triple Speed!”
When will Orbánski recreate a Russian military base in Hungary? I am sure that has been discussed with his best friend, Putin. Meanwhile, NATO has shown Orbán what it thinks of him in Madrid: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/30/luxembourg-same-sex-husband-seated-viktor-orban-nato-summit