Hungarian Foreign Minister Dissents from Western Troops in Ukraine, Keeps Diplomatic Channels with Russia Open

Hungary’s top diplomat warns that presence of Western troops in Ukraine could lead to ‘world war’

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has reiterated his government’s opposition to sending Western ground troops to Ukraine, following in the footsteps of French President Emmanuel Macron. He also expressed concern about the security threats posed by such a move, stating that “words matter” in this context.

Szijjártó had previously stated that Hungary was not willing to send weapons or soldiers to Ukraine, and his latest comments reflect this stance. However, he has maintained open communication channels with Russian President Vladimir Putin since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago. In fact, he even congratulated Putin on his election win last month, despite widespread criticism from most Western democracies as rigged.

Despite the backlash from NATO allies and some European leaders, Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary keeps lines of communication open with Russia. He said that Putin and Orbán can have discussions at any time if there is a need for interaction between the two leaders. Overall, Szijjártó’s stance reflects Hungary’s longstanding policy of maintaining good relations with Russia while maintaining its commitment to NATO and the EU.

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