The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto noted on November 17, 2022, on Facebook that Budapest planned to “normalize the situation” in the Middle East and therefore economic cooperation with sanctioned Iran.
The Foreign Minister of Hungary reported on the visit of the Minister of Economy of Iran to Budapest for a meeting of the joint economic committee and stated the need to return Iran to the system of international cooperation.
“There are many problems in the world, in recent days we have seen how easily conflicts can become unmanageable. The threat to global security can be reduced by putting an end to as many conflicts as possible. If we could reintegrate Iran into the system of international cooperation, we would be able to take a big step forward in terms of stability of the entire situation in the Middle East,” the Hungarian Minister wrote.
Peter Szijjarto added that “it makes sense to begin the normalization of the situation in terms of economic cooperation.”
In addition, the Foreign Minister of Hungary once again criticized the European Union’s sanctions policy against Russia, introduced after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry said that the European Union had to react somehow after the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine and gave “the worst possible response” by imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation.
He explained his logic by the fact that Brussels promised to bring the Russian economy to its knees with the help of sanctions, which would help to end the war as soon as possible.
“But now we see that the war is being waged in a brutal way and the European economy is heading towards the recession. This situation should force decision-makers to sit down and assess the developments, that prices are sky-high and that the Russian economy has not suffered from the sanctions,” Peter Szijjarto added.
He believes that the EU wants new sanctions only in order to somehow justify its own wrong and harmful decisions, because “to say that sanctions are a dead end would mean to shout about responsibility.”
Hungarian Foreign Minister called on EU leaders who supported the sanctions to “come out and say that they have pushed the European economy into recession” and to resign: “That would be a normal reaction of those who have harmed Europe by imposing sanctions.”
The Hungarian government and Viktor Orbán, led by him, with the start of a full-scale war, not only break off relations with its Russian friend Vladimir Putin, but, on the contrary, are trying to get closer to him.
Hungary does not hide its activities as a lobbyist for Russian interests in some issues.