Budapest reiterated its position on the war in Ukraine, stressing that it will not allow any military aid to pass through its territory
Hungary will not allow transit or supply arms to Ukraine in the ongoing military conflict with Russia, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday, reiterating Budapest’s position.
“We have decided, like our allies, not to send troops, not to send weapons. And we do not allow the transit of lethal weapons through Hungary,” said the minister during a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Hungary has deployed additional troops to its eastern borders to prevent possible infiltration by unspecified armed groups from neighboring Ukraine, Szijjarto added. Budapest seeks to protect its citizens, as well as ethnic Hungarians living in western Ukraine amid the conflict, he said, as military shipments could easily become targets of potential strikes.
At the same time, the Foreign Minister called for a cessation of hostilities, urging both sides in the ongoing war to stick to diplomacy instead. Moreover, Budapest is ready to host potential talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
“Hungary is ready to provide a venue for the negotiations necessary for the resolution of the conflict”, he said.
Russia last week launched a full-scale military offensive in Ukraine, proclaiming the need for “denazify” and “demilitarize” neighboring country, as well as to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, an idea recently floated by senior Ukrainian officials, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Moscow argued the offensive was the only option left to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine and prevent Kiev from launching an all-out assault on the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kyiv has dismissed the claims, insisting it had no plans to retake breakaway regions by force and saying the invasion was unprovoked.
Donetsk and Lugansk declared independence from Ukraine in 2014 following the Maidan coup that overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian government. The rebellion provoked a military operation by the new Kiev authorities in the east of the country. While active fighting ended with the Minsk agreements of 2014-2015, the roadmap it provided to emerge from the crisis was never actually implemented, with low-intensity warfare continuing in the region for years.
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