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Hungary’s FM: we won’t even discuss sanctions on Russian energy

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó ruled out the prospect of sanctioning further energy supplies from Russia following the critical remarks of his Estonian counterpart.

Last week, Estonia’s Ambassador to Hungary was summoned to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade over the remarks of the recently re-elected Estonian Foreign Minister, Urmas Reinsalu, who said in an interview that his government finds Hungary’s approach towards the Russian aggression in Ukraine extremely regrettable.

He also recalled that he had written a letter to his Hungarian counterpart emphasising the need to impose further sanctions against Russia. On Wednesday, the two ministers tried to resolve the issue in a phone call.

“The government of Estonia will initiate another package of sanctions, so I quickly made it clear: we are not even willing to discuss energy sanctions,” wrote Hungary’s Foreign Minister on Facebook after the discussion.

“It is currently physically impossible to ensure Hungary’s oil and natural gas supply without Russian energy and we will not approve measures that force Hungarian people to bear the price of the war,” he added.

Heavily dependent on Russian energy, Hungary was the most vocal opponent of sanctioning Russian oil and gas from the start. Budapest was granted an exemption for pipeline oil imports when EU leaders agreed to block more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports back in May.

Since then, Hungary has repeatedly denounced attempts to impose further sanctions on Russian energy, arguing that sanctions hurt Europe more than Russia.

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