Viktor Orbán calls for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted

Dhe Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted by the end of the year at the latest. According to the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet, the right-wing populist said that the punitive measures imposed on Moscow after the attack on Ukraine were "forced on the Europeans by the Brussels bureaucrats".

Orbán spoke on Wednesday evening at a faction meeting of the ruling party Fidesz in Balatonalmadi on Lake Balaton. "The sanctions cause economic problems, the energy crisis and inflation," he said.

Orbán maintains a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sanctions of EU against Russia, however, he has been involved so far. At the same time, he was able to obtain an exemption from the oil embargo for his country. The sanctions decisions of the EU require unanimity among the member states. Hungary has been a member of the Union since 2004.

"Sanctions harm the East German economy in particular"

The EU foreign ministers had previously agreed on further sanctions against Russia after its partial mobilization. "It is clear that Russia is trying to destroy Ukraine," said the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday evening after a special meeting of EU foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"We will take new restrictive measures both at a personal and at a sectoral level." This should be done in coordination with the international partners. The punitive measures would have further implications for the Russian economy, such as the technology sector. In addition, Borrell said that Ukraine should receive more weapons. He did not give details. The decisions should be taken at a later date at a formal meeting. It was about after Putin's Speech to send a powerful message, Borrell said.

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