US-Russia cooperation needed to solve Europe’s security challenges, says Hungarian foreign minister in NY
New York, February 21 (MTI) – Without cooperation between the United States and Russia, it will not be possible to face up to Europe’s security challenges effectively, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in New York, where he is participating in a meeting of the United Nations security council.
Szijjártó told MTI before a meeting with counterparts that he would analyse Europe’s post-cold-war situation and how it must confront simultaneous and grave challenges and conflicts.
“These conflicts and security challenges are not exclusively European, but many … with global components and global causes are burdening Europe all at the same time,” the minister said. Solutions to the various crises and armed conflicts which threaten European security do not expressly depend on Europe, he said. “It appears that a realistic resolution can only be found … if the Russians and Americans decide to repair their relations and switch to a more pragmatic relationship,” he said.
In his speech, Szijjártó will refer to Hungarians’ historical experiences.
“Our historical experiences are entirely clear: Europe, and especially central Europe, lost out whenever there was a conflict between East and West … So now we are very much rooting for the new American administration and the Russian administration to build better relations.”
Szijjártó said he would point out that the deal with Iran on containing its nuclear developments would not have come about had the US and Russia not negotiated on the same side. “We Hungarians support every initiative that brings the US and Russia closer together, and we regard as damaging every decision that digs ever deeper trenches, be they political or economic.”
“We urge dialogue between the US and Russia based on mutual trust that respects international law, because without such cooperation it will not be to deliver the final blow to Islamic State, which in turn is the only realistic way to end the migrant crisis plaguing Europe,” the minister said.
The security of the region abutting Europe has a direct influence on European security, he said, underlining the importance of US-Russian cooperation in providing a robust response which underpins security.
Szijjártó is scheduled to hold personal meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his deputy. He will tell Guterres that Hungary firmly supports the Secretary-General’s preventative diplomacy, namely endeavours to prevent conflicts from arising. “We are ready to give financial and professional contributions towards the work of the new Secretary-General,” he said. “Besides this, we maximally support the goals of the UN Secretary-General in respect of the fight against terrorism in view of the fact that the migration crisis and the security of Christian communities cannot be achieved without stepping up the fight against terrorism.”
Hungary also backs efforts by Guterres to restore the credibility of the United Nations and to increase the effectiveness of its operations, and it will support reforms at the organisation, he said. Further, Hungary will participate in efforts to change “the culture of impunity” whereby war criminals around the world get off scot free. Hungary is contributing 50,000 euros towards creating a mechanism for investigating the most severe crimes against humanity committed in Syria, he said.