Hungary won’t allow weapons for Ukraine to cross its territory
Hungary will not send troops or weapons to Ukraine and will not allow lethal weapons to transit its territory in order to keep the country safe, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday during a visit to Kosovo.
“The reason for making this decision is that such deliveries might become targets of hostile military action and … we have to ensure the security of Hungary … that we are not getting involved in that war,” Szijjarto said after meeting Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla.
While Hungary is a member of both NATO and the European Union, its prime minister, Viktor Orban, is a close ally of Putin’s who met with him in Moscow at the beginning of February. At the time, he said “Russia’s demands for security guarantees” from Ukraine are “normal and should be the basis for negotiations. And I agree with that.”
He condemned Russia’s “military action” after it began, but said his country would not send military aid to Ukraine, which shares a border with Hungary.
Notoriously anti-immigration, he also declared that he would allow Ukrainian refugees to be given temporary protection in Hungary. “Everyone fleeing Ukraine will find a friend in the Hungarian state,” Orban said Sunday.