BUDAPEST – ‘Jealous’ of West-Russia close ties

“We are jealous of the close relations that Western European countries have established with Russia”, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told the Austrian News Agency, APA. Szijjártó also assessed that Austria has closer economic ties with Russia than Hungary. “Undercover, of course. Something critical is said occasionally, but huge deals are made under wraps”, Szijjártó emphasised. 

“If Western European countries and the US do not want China to lead economically, then they should not sell their businesses”, the minister added. There are currently 16 significant Chinese investments in Hungary, 12 of which were made by former US and Western European companies bought by the Chinese, he recalled.

When it comes to migrant policy, he stressed that Budapest believes that the preservation of European Christian culture must be a priority for Europe, and that is why it is necessary to protect it, including physically, by securing its borders. (Željko Trkanjec |

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