The war in Ukraine has triggered a “triple” energy, food security and economic crisis which is only being aggravated by the measures adopted by Brussels, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Thursday.
The only solution to the situation is peace, Szijjártó told a press conference after a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, according to a ministry statement.
Citing data from the United Nations, Szijjártó said that a total of 94 countries were affected by at least two of the three crises caused by the war.
Though energy prices have stabilised, they are now at a much higher level, and inflation and rising interest rates have deprived several countries, including Hungary, of their growth potential, he said.
Szijjártó warned of the potential security risks posed by the food crisis, arguing that because it affected the most vulnerable African and Middle Eastern countries the most, it could it could easily lead to violence, a rise in the threat of terrorism and eventually the emergence of a new migration wave.
“And Europe, in its current state, would be incapable of handling another mass migration wave,” the minister said.
He said Brussels’s “severely flawed” responses to the “triple crisis” were “raising the price of the war in Europe even higher”.
Instead of restricting energy imports, Europe should have increased them, he said. Also, Brussels is hindering member states in their own energy production, too, he said, noting the “pressure to impose sanctions on nuclear energy”.
“I would like to make it clear here and now that this will definitely not happen,” Szijjártó said. “Hungary will not approve any kind nuclear sanction, no matter how minimal it may be.”
Turning to the economy, Szijjártó said that while the United States had introduced “patriotic measures”, the EU had only imposed more sanctions.
“The American measure is good for every American economic player, while the measures introduced by Brussels … have practically totally knocked out European economic competitiveness,” he said.
As regards the food crisis, Szijjártó lamented that Ukrainian grain, instead of being shipped to the African and Middle Eastern countries where it was most needed, had got stuck in central Europe and had “ruined” local farmers.
“In a situation like this, it would have been the European Commission’s duty to take immediate action…” Szijjártó said. “So it basically became clear that Brussels can’t be counted on when it comes to such a critical issue … If we don’t protect Hungarian farmers, no one will do it for us.”
Talks on a solution are ongoing, he said, adding that the Hungarian government would only approve a decision that guaranteed Ukrainian grain exports not ending up in central Europe.
He said the “dumping” of Ukrainian grain on local markets was “unacceptable”, noting that EU farmers had to comply with an “entirely different” set of rules than Ukrainian farmers.
“The only solution to this immense set of challenges is peace,” Szijjártó said. “If the war could be brought to an end, if a ceasefire could be achieved and if peace talks could be held, there would be realistic hope for successfully managing this triple crisis.”
LOOOLZ! Yeah. Right. Blame it all on Ukraine/Russia. Let’s totally ignore the fact that the West has been failing to support its farmers and the agricultural sector in general; indeed, through onerous over-regulating, we’ve almost deliberately driven many out of business. Let’s also ignore the fact that, for at least a decade, our political “leaders” have been doing the bidding of the globalist-socialist cabal and shutting down coal power plants and shunning nuclear in favor of the expensive and inefficient “green” “renewable” trash. None of this happened because of Russia and Ukraine, and none of this happened by chance. It was all perfectly foreseeable.
Mr. Szijjártó keeps on rattling on about “peace” – which I believe everyone is interested in (except perhaps Russia – and they’re in the unique position to be able to call an end to hostilities in no time). Not a beep on how he would go about achieving this.
For all the talk of country’s “sovereignty”, “rights”, etc., withholding support, including weapons, from Ukraine (which he appears to be purporting) will likely result in us sprouting a brand new neighbor and the people of Ukraine facing an occupation or vassal regime.