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Viktor Orbán Receives Serbian Decoration

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

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

At their press conference in Belgrade on Friday, Viktor Orbán said that he regards the decoration as encouragement for what he will do henceforth in the interest of Hungarian-Serbian friendship.

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

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“These sanctions are causing us very severe losses, they are bad for us and painful, are costing us a lot of money, and are conveying the threat that they will consume a large part of the results we have achieved in the past ten years,” Orbán underscored.

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

Orbán said he will always argue that the European Union should not impose sanctions which hurt the people of Central Europe more than the people against whom they are introduced.

Featured photo viaöki Sajtóiroda/Benko Vivien Cher

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