Hungary rejects additional NATO troops

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary does not want additional NATO troops in the country, as its own armed forces provide an adequate defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told Euronews in an interview.

Speaking about NATO troop deployments to other Central and Eastern European countries, he said there is no need for that in Hungary.

“No, we have not agreed and we will not agree. This is because there are already NATO troops in the country, the Hungarian Armed Forces.”

According to Szijjártó, they are in a good condition to guarantee the security of the country, so there is no need for additional troops in the country.

He also said that while Hungary has so far voted within NATO for all sanctions against Russia, and those sanctions do not work.

“There have already been sanctions against Russia. Sanctions should only be imposed if something happens. The first thing is that these sanctions do not work,” Szijjártó said. Reminded by the journalist that Hungary has so far voted the NATO sanctions against Russia, Szijjártó said, “Yes, because we did not want to disrupt European unity. We have never vetoed, we have always followed these decisions. That is, we have never vetoed such a decision.”

However, according to the minister, it is clear that the sanctions are not working, as evidenced by the fact that trade between Germany and Russia and between France and Russia has also increased since the introduction of the previous sanctions. The minister therefore urged an honest analysis of the sanctions already in place.

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