14:34 10 May 2022

Hungary assures it won't block Ukraine's membership in the EU, the ambassador says

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Ukraine István Íjgyártó assured that his country would not block Ukraine's membership in the EU

He said this in an interview with Espresso, Rubryka reports.

The ambassador made such a statement on his own initiative at the end of the conversation.

There was no question from the presenter on this issue.

"Finally, I want to assure you that when they start considering Ukraine's membership in the European Union, Hungary will support it," Íjgyártó said.

The Hungarian ambassador also answered questions about the Hungarian government's position on russian aggression in Ukraine.

"russia is an aggressor country, a military aggressor. And we fully support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

We fully condemn all human rights violations against Ukrainian citizens. We call on the international community, as well as the Ukrainian side, to investigate these violations.

We stand for peace and… support the European Union's steps to help Ukraine achieve peace," István Íjgyártó said.

To recap, European diplomats are currently holding tough talks on a new, sixth package of sanctions against russia. It, in particular, considers the phasing out of russian oil.

But according to media reports, the idea of ​​an oil embargo is opposed by Hungary and Slovakia. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán even compared the embargo to an "atomic bomb" for the Hungarian economy.

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