Viktor Orban claims the bloc is increasing its conflict, while the bloc’s economy is moving towards recession.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Oban has criticized the EU for choosing the path of escalation in the Ukraine crisis. He warned that the continuation of hostilities and sanctions against Russia is about to plunge its members into recession.
Comments on EU foreign policy were made at the summit of the Turkic states in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Friday. He contrasted the European approach to that of the countries attending the meeting, especially Türkiye, which acted as an intermediary between Russia and Ukraine.
“The voices of those who want peace will be much quieter than the voices of those who only increase tensions,” Orban talks about Western policy towards Ukraine.
“We in the EU are on a spiral of escalation. First we provide nonlethal military aid, then we start sending lethal weapons, now we are training Ukrainian troops on European territory. In the next few days, we will decide whether to bankroll the Ukrainian economy or not.” He explained.
In contrast to that, the Organization of Turkish States (OTS) is a forum for peace, Orban noted. He noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had urged Ukraine and Russia to find compromises and create conditions for a grain deal in the Black Sea. It has helped mitigate the threat of mass migration from less stable countries, the prime minister said, which Hungary sees as a major challenge.
Orban reiterated his assessment that Western sanctions, imposed on Moscow in retaliation for its attack in Ukraine, are hurting the EU more than Russia. The current, “European economies are moving towards recession at a high rate,” he say.
The Hungarian leader has been a vocal critic of Brussels’ approach to the Ukraine crisis. His government is currently opposed to a proposed bloc-wide program to bail out the Ukrainian government but pledges assistance on a bilateral basis. Budapest rejected Kiev’s call to send weapons and did not participate in the training of the Ukrainian army.
The EU leadership believes that Ukraine should receive all the help it needs to defeat Russia on the battlefield and that the Europeans should be ready to pay the price.
The OTS, formerly known as the Turkic Council, includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Türkiye and Uzbekistan as members, of which Hungary and Turkmenistan have observer status in the organization.