Szijjarto: Serbia and Hungary didn’t allow politicisation of vaccines

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters after meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković in Belgrade on Tuesday, that Serbia and Hungary did not allow the issue of vaccines to be politicised. [EPA-EFE/Mohamed Hossam]

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters after meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selaković in Belgrade on Tuesday, that Serbia and Hungary did not allow the issue of vaccines to be politicised.

“We did not accept that someone who is far away and is not familiar with our conditions gets to decide instead of our experts,” said Szijjarto, commenting that the Hungarian and Serbian governments “have listened to their own reason and have done their task – protect the lives of their population.”

If Hungary and Serbia had not procured shots from China and Russia, much fewer people would have been inoculated in a short period, Szijjarto added.

Hungary’s foreign minister also offered to send a unit of border police officers to help BiH protect its borders from illegal migration. According to Szijjarto, the illegal migration issue was another factor increasing the risk of spreading the virus.

Selaković told reporters that relations, especially economic, with Hungary were “at an all time high.”

In May, Hungary will assume chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), which Selaković described as “very important for Serbia considering that Priština will apply for membership in the CoE.”  

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com; Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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