In a closed-door meeting with the ruling Fidesz party on September 21, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that if these sanctions were lifted, gas prices would immediately drop by 50% and inflation would also decrease. He added that without sanctions on Russia, Europe could regain strength and avoid a recession.
The Hungarian prime minister also reiterated his earlier stance that sanctions are hurting Europe more than Russia. “Sanctions have plunged Europe into an energy crisis,” Prime Minister Orban posted on Facebook.
Orban’s statement in the closed-door meeting was Hungarian Nation posted and confirmed by Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs.
Hungary’s prime minister warned last week that the Ukraine crisis “started out as a local conflict”, but intervention from the West has turned it into a global problem. He added that the energy crisis caused by EU sanctions could force 40% of European industry to shut down this winter.
Hungarian Prime Minister Orban is considered the most pro-Russian leader of the 27 EU member states, repeatedly saying the union is self-destructive by imposing sanctions on Moscow or warning that these measures risk destruction. European economy.
EU Council President Mikulas Bek warned earlier this month that Hungary’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict could drive it “away from the union”.
Ngoc Anh (Theo Reuters)