Viktor Orbán receives the Serbian decoration

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The Hungarian Prime Minister discussed the war in Ukraine and the EU sanctions policy with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and received from him the Order of Merit of the Republic of Serbia for “his service rendered for the development of cooperation and relations between the two countries”.

During their press conference in Belgrade on Friday, Viktor Orbán said that he considered this decoration as an encouragement for what he will do from now on in the interests of Hungarian-Serb friendship.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, he stressed that “it is in the nature of sanctions that decisions about them are taken in safe places and geographically distant from the country against which they are imposed”. “It is easy to carry out a policy of sanctions from Paris, Brussels, Madrid and perhaps even from Berlin; however, we are closer to the sanctioned country, Russia, he explained.

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“These sanctions cause us very heavy losses, they are bad for us and painful, cost us a lot of money and raise fears that they will consume a large part of the results we have achieved in the last ten years,” said underlined Orbán.

The Prime Minister noted that sanctions are usually imposed by a strong party against a weaker party, but today “we Europeans, who are just energy dwarfs, are imposing sanctions on an energy giant energy”.

Orbán said he would always argue that the European Union should not impose sanctions that harm the peoples of central Europe more than the people against whom they are introduced.

Photo presented via Miniszterelnok.hu/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Benko Vivien Cher

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