Budapest, December 22 (MTI) – Hungary expects everybody to respect Hungarians’ decisions, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a statement on Tuesday.
Szijjarto said in response to critical remarks about Hungary and Poland by Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn that “democracy is about the people, even if the Luxembourg foreign minister does not like this.”
Asselborn said in an interview with Luxembourg daily Tageblatt online that the freedom of the press and justice administration were restricted in Poland in a way reminiscent of the Soviet Union. He said it was a positive development, however, that the public in Poland had strong resistence to the government’s control over the media and the constitutional court, unlike in Hungary where Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government was pursuing similar politics for years.
Szijjarto said that in five years Hungary recovered from a state of economic collapse to become one of the best in Europe. Hungarians deserve respect for this, not criticism, he added.
Hungarians have also adopted a clear position and rejected illegal migration.
“We expect that nobody should want to take revenge for this,” he added and called on Asselborn not to criticise the Hungarian people.
Hungarians should be allowed to decide about Hungary’s future and Poles should be allowed to decide about Poland’s future, Szijjarto said.