Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday that there were countries that would not be able to replace Russian gas with the more expensive American alternative.
Speaking to local radio station Kossuth, ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary elections, Orban said Russian gas was his country’s only option as Hungary is landlocked and will not be able to receive liquefied gas directly. the United States.
Orban reiterated that Hungary condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine and that he understands Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s efforts because his country is in trouble and he is looking out for Ukrainian interests, but said that the Hungary “cannot help the Ukrainian people by destroying themselves.”
This war is not our war, we cannot win here, but we can lose everything. The question is whether or not we will have an economy at the end.
He added that it was impossible for Hungary to “Turn off cheap Russian gas and buy expensive American energy instead,” adding that it is not viable for Europe to rely on transporting sufficient volumes of liquefied gas from the United States across the ocean, and that there is no alternative to Russian supplies in the near future, for Hungary in particular.
“It’s not about putting on a jumper at night, turning the heat down a bit or paying a little more for gas, it’s about the fact that if there’s no power coming from Russia, Hungary will be left with no energy at all,” Orban said.
The Prime Minister has been criticized by Ukraine and its supporters for refusing to take a definitive stand against Russia. President Zelensky called on the Hungarian leader to step down “sitting on the fence” and choosing a side in the conflict between kyiv and Moscow.
Unlike other EU capitals, Budapest has so far refused to send arms to Ukraine or allow other countries to pass shipments through its territory.
Earlier, Orban said Hungary was determined to look after its own interests first and would maintain a “Hungarian point of view” but pointed out that “we must make the Russians understand that it is not worth continuing this war”, warning at the same time that Europe should avoid harming itself “more than the Russians”.
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