15 Nov

Hungary continues to reject delivering weapons to Ukraine, and does not support further financial support either, the defence minister said in Brussels on Tuesday.

In a statement given on the sidelines of a meeting of EU defence ministers, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky regretted that Member States had not changed their stance on the issue, and continue to discuss weapons deliveries to Ukraine.

He underlined Hungary’s commitment to promoting an immediate ceasefire and peace talks. The Hungarian government does not support Ukraine's continued funding as the country barely wanted to remove one of the largest Hungarian banks from their blacklist. The bank was listed by the Ukrainians on the basis of false information and there is no guarantee that this will not happen again, he warned.

He said, the ministers also discussed the situation in the Sahel, an issue with a direct bearing on Hungary's security. He stated that the Hungarian Parliament adopted a package of aid last week which includes military aid for the region.

He considered the Western Balkans another important region which is also one of the most important migratory routes into Europe. The stability of the Western Balkans region is directly connected to Hungary's security, he said.

Finally, the Minister of Defence said that Hungary will take over the command of the European Union military mission in Bosnia next year which is a major step forward. A Hungarian general will command the contingent that will guard the security of this region, he stressed. "Peace requires strength. We will continue to work," he said.

Source: MTI - Hungarian News Agency