Budapest (MTI) – The outcome of talks on Tuesday between the Russian president and Hungary’s prime minister has both drawbacks and benefits, the radical nationalist party Jobbik’s spokesman told a news conference.
Adam Mirkoczki said an important result was gas and energy from Russia would arrive in Hungary in a secure and stable way over the long term. Commenting criticism of the agreement by Hungary’s left-wing parties, he said those who worry about energy dependency were unable to suggest any kind of alternative. He welcomed Russia’s offer to make Hungary a partner in its alternative gas pipeline project to South Stream.
At the same time, the Jobbik politician said Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s remarks regarding sanctions against Russia as counterproductive were “cynical and mendacious”. The ruling Fidesz party silently supported these sanctions, he said, adding that “it would be good were the prime minister to make clear the government’s standpoint”. While pursuing a course of opening up to the east, Hungary was at the same time “standing in line to hermetically seal off Russia …”