Ukraine urges EU to block Hungary’s energy deal with Russia

Ukraine soldiers in the Donetsk region. (MTI/AP/Libkos)
By Dénes Albert
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The new energy agreements between Hungary and Russia will prolong the war in Ukraine, claims Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleg Ustenko. At the same time, Ustenko told Politico that Brussels should block the contracts.

“If you’ve seen the video where Russians cut the head off a Ukrainian soldier — the Hungarians are paying for the knife,” he said, referring to the video circulating on the Internet showing the alleged execution of a Ukrainian soldier. Zelensky called the Russian soldiers who allegedly committed the murder “beasts.”

“You have to be completely blind not to see what kinds of crimes you are sponsoring. Buying more gas from the Russians means you are giving them more capacity to escalate the war,” Ustenko added.

Both Ukraine and Russia have been accused of war crimes, with both sides releasing videos featuring soldiers allegedly executing prisoners of war.

As Remix News reported on Wednesday, Hungary and Russia signed three key accords related to the country’s energy supply on Tuesday, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced in Moscow.

Even before anyone could react to the news, Szijjártó said he knew how his visit would be met by the international liberal mainstream and the domestic opposition.

“However, as long as the issue of energy supply is a physical issue and not a political or ideological one, like it or not, Russia and cooperation with Russia will remain crucial for Hungary’s energy security,” he pointed out.

Hungary has long argued that it does not support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but will always put Hungarian interests first. Given that 80 to 85 percent of Hungary’s gas comes from Russia, the government says its industry and economy would collapse nearly overnight if that energy source was cut off.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is urging for a peaceful resolution to the war and an immediate ceasefire, arguing that Hungary is the only country in the EU currently in the pro-peace camp.

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