Hungarian Prime Minister is said to want his party to prioritize lifting trade restrictions with Russia
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the EU leader had caused a continent-wide crisis by imposing sanctions on Russian energy.
The Eurosceptic politician criticized Brussels on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening when he announced a meeting with members of the ruling coalition in parliament. According to local media, during the closed-door meeting, he blamed EU officials for the difficulties that member states, including Hungary, are currently facing.
Orban told MPs from his Fidesz party and its Christian Democratic Party (KDNP) ally that if EU sanctions on Russia were reduced, gas prices would be halved and inflation would result. Distribution will also decrease, the Magyar Nemzet daily reported.
The Hungarian prime minister said the EU leadership had promised earlier in the summer that the sanctions would hurt the Russian economy and not the people of the EU, but the opposite happened, according to reports. Orban predicts that lifting sanctions will allow the EU to avoid a recession.
In November, there will be a meaningful opportunity for the EU to reconsider trade restrictions with Russia, Orban said, and Hungary’s ruling coalition should work hard to lift these restrictions by the end of the year. this year.
The prime minister also criticized the Hungarian opposition, accusing them of supporting Brussels’ policies without thinking twice about the damage they are doing to the country, Magyar Nemzet said. He also outlined a number of measures, such as energy subsidies, that the Fidesz-KDNP government is taking to cushion the impact of soaring prices, the newspaper reported.
Orban, who was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, is an outspoken critic of the EU leadership. He called the bloc the main loser in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, in which it sided with Kiev. The sanctions were imposed by Brussels in retaliation for Russia’s decision to send troops into Ukraine at the end of February.