Russia has added Hungary to its list of so-called “unfriendly countries”, the Russian state news agency reported.
Until now, Hungary has not been on the list
The list was created after the outbreak of the war. The countries on it have been subject to a number of sanctions imposed by the Russians, Index reports. One of the most significant of these measures is that countries on the list can only pay for Russian gas in roubles.
The European Union was added to the list as a separate entity from the beginning. However, Hungary was not included by name – yet. Later on, there have been examples of EU countries being added individually: last summer, for example, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Denmark were added, all of which are members of the EU.
Now, Evgeny Stanislavov, Russia’s ambassador in Budapest, has announced in an interview that Hungary has been added to the list. The diplomat said that Hungary was declared an “unfriendly country” because of the approval of anti-Russian sanctions.
“Retaliatory measures” can be taken against Hungary
Stanislavov added that the Budapest government, however, maintains a “pragmatic” position on the war issue and “does not give in to pressure from NATO and the EU”. “To a certain extent, Budapest has been successful in this, but the fact remains that Hungary has signed up to all the Brussels sanctions packages and must comply with them. That’s why it has been classified as an unfriendly country towards Russia, against which retaliatory measures can be taken,” Evgeny Stanislavov told RIA Novosti.
The Ambassador also said that the sanctions are negatively affecting all areas of Hungarian-Russian cooperation. He complained that they cannot work normally at the Russian Embassy. He added that, nevertheless, the Hungarian side remained open to constructive dialogue and diplomatic channels remained open.
According to the government, Hungary has been on this list since last March. They’re saying this is fake news. Can you clarify please?
Dear Andrew, you can find the original RIA Novosti article here: https://ria.ru/20230330/vengriya-1861741380.html. By the title and the first sentences, it is implied that Hungary has just been added to the list. Last year, the European Union as an entity was added; however, specifically, Hungary was not there yet. Now, it has been added too. Hope this answers your question.
There is no difference between dictatorships. Bragg, the NY D.A, issued an indictment against President Trump. Bragg was spewing that he worked on 100 cases against President Trump. This was a witch hunt. The US is now on par with all banana republics. So, when the EU or US accuse the unfairness of the Hungarian legal system, no Hungarian D.A. (district attorney) ever participated in a witch hunt of their political opponent.
“Unfriendly counbtry”, but they’re happy to swallow the “leaked” cow manure about NATO “plans” (and anything else that man is willing to leak to Putin).
So, what could those retaliatory meaures be, the gifting of Transcarpathia to Hungary? 😀 Give me a break!