Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public radio on Friday that “they lied in Brussels to the people of Europe” when they said that sanctions would not be extended to energy, and that this would lead to a swift end to the war in Ukraine.
European citizens are currently paying a “sanctions surcharge” for energy, which makes the future unstable, he said. “The question is whether we will make the situation even worse, given that in Brussels they want to introduce more and more sanctions,” he said.
Referring to a planned “National Consultation” public survey on the European Union sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, the prime minister said that unity and cooperation were all the more important in times of crisis.
The survey is the “most legally flexible form” of involving people in the decision-making process, which “in my experience is politically the best thing to do in certain situations,” Orbán said.
Orbán said that the government “expects” to pay a pension premium again this year. In line with its 2010 promise to protect the value of pensions, “it has given back the 13th month pensions”, based on the country’s economic performance, he said. “We are continuing to increase pensions in line with inflation,” he said.
When economic growth exceeds 3.5 percent, the government also pays a pension premium, Orbán added. “Although there is a debate about this, I think it will happen this year,” he said.
Brussels lied about the sanctions – Orbán’s recent Facebook post.