Croatia summons Hungarian ambassador over Orban’s comments

In an interview with Hungarian state radio, Orbán said Hungary was vehemently opposed to a full embargo on oil imports from Russia, explaining that it was much easier for other EU countries, which have “seas and ports and can bring in oil in tankers.” [Shutterstock/OnePixelStudio]

Croatia asked the Hungarian ambassador in Zagreb to explain recent statements by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, which the Croatian foreign ministry said “unnecessarily disrupt our good neighbourly relations” on Tuesday.

In an interview with Hungarian state radio, Orbán said Hungary was vehemently opposed to a full embargo on oil imports from Russia, explaining that it was much easier for other EU countries, which have “seas and ports and can bring in oil in tankers.”

“We would have had ports too if they hadn’t taken them away from us,” Orban said in comments that Croatia interpreted as referring to Croatia’s northern Adriatic port of Rijeka, the main Hungarian seaport when Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

“Croatia condemns the statement by the president of the Hungarian government, and we also condemn any territorial claims against sovereign states,” the foreign ministry said.

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