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Hungary Opposes The EU’s Energy Sector Sanctions Against Russia

Hungary Opposes The EU’s Energy Sector Sanctions Against Russia

Hungary opposes the EU’s energy sector sanctions against Russia because Hungarian industry would come to a grinding halt without Russian oil and gas, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

He made the remarks at a video conference with European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday as part of preparations for an EU summit in France.

Bertalan Havasi, Prime Minister Orban’s spokesman, told the Hungarian news agency MTI that Orban emphasized in his conversation with Michel that Hungary condemns Russia’s actions in Ukraine, but does not want “to pay the price for it.” He said:

We have to take into account that most of the oil and natural gas imports to Hungary come from Russia, 90% of Hungarian households heat their homes with gas. The prime minister pointed out that the Hungarian economy would stop without gas and oil.

According to the spokesperson, Orban pointed out that “the reverberations of economic sanctions are felt by everyone in Europe, including Hungary.” The spokesman added:

Viktor Orban made it clear that the extension of sanctions to the energy sector is going to put a disproportionate burden on people, households and companies.

Why Hungary is worried: 

1). Last September, Hungary struck two long-term contract deals with Russia’s major gas company Gazprom, which provides for the deliveries of 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas via pipelines in Serbia and Austria, bypassing Ukraine. The agreement is for 15 years and may only be reviewed after ten years of its implementation. 

2). Budapest wants to increase gas deliveries through Serbia by one billion cubic meters per year, and this issue was brought up by Orban during his visit to Moscow in early February.

Prices on global oil markets have since gone up as the conflict in Ukraine continues.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022 citing human rights abuses by Kiev on pro-Russian separatist groups. Ukraine dismisses allegations as propaganda. 

The United States, the United Kingdom, NATO and some Western countries, imposed sanctions on Russia in retaliation to the “unprovoked aggression.”

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Tucker Carlson 3 months ago

This is why the Elites should not be placed in charge of a country.. Biden and co can afford to pay exorbitant gas prices while the poor middle class cannot after 2 years of a pandemic. Sanctions will not deter Russia as sanctions have never worked anywhere in the world. Russia still has China , India , Turkey etc to give their gas to which pay big bucks


Hulk Hogan 3 months ago

Politics is crazy, you'll never understand anybit of it.I used to support the USA but based on true facts of life,as a parent.I think those guys are devils, why?Because they protect their own and interfere in foreign domestic issues just to cause gravely harm on others.Right now as we speak millions of families are suffering,jobs lost and people dying because of American judgements.They are so hateful those guys that they want everything to flow according to their own plans.


Roman Putin 3 months ago

For you are wise,USA & it's NATO should be abolished. We need world peace, everywhere were there is war USA is involved. Why?

dck 3 months ago

zvakuda kutangidza


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 months ago

WHILE I DO NOT AGREE WITH WHAT RUSSIA DID TO UKRAINE, I ALSO NOT SUPPORT SANCTIONING RUSSIA. MY REASONS ARE IN TANDEM WITH REASONS GIVEN BY ZIMBABWE FOR ABSTAINING. ZIMBABWE SAID IT HAS BEEN ON SANCTIONS FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. IT SAID SANCTIONS HURT MOST THE POOR.

FROM MY OWN OBSERVATION, SOME COUNTRIES IN EU ARE SANCTIONING THEMSELVES. RUSSIA WILL JUST FIND OTHER MARKETS FROM THE AMERICAS, MIDDLE EAST AND THE EAST.

ALREADY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS APPROACHED VENEZUELA WITH BENDED KNEES AND ARMS ASKING TO BUY ITS FUEL SO THAT THEY REMOVE THEIR SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA. VENEZUELA HAS BEEN ENEMY NUMBER ONE FOR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN SOUTH AMERICA.

NOW BRITIAN IS NOW PUNISHING PUTIN'S FRIENDS AND CLOSE CONNECTIONS. I DO NOT THINK THAT INTERNATIONAL ALLOWS THAT.

ALREADY THERE ARE CRACKS IN EU. SOME COUNTRIES, LIKE HUNGARY, FRANCE AND GERMAN ARE NOT KEEN ON SANCTIONS, BUT ON DIALOGUE. WHAT THESE COUNTRIES WILL DO IS TO BUST THOSE SANCTIONS. MOST OF THESE COUNTRIES HAVE ADMITTED THAT THE SANCTIONS SHALL AFFECT THEM HEAVILY.

MOST WARS END UP WITH DIALOGUE AT A ROUND TABLE. I RECOMMEND THAT THEY ENGAGE EACH OTHER IN DIALOGUE.

[ DO NOT VOTE ZANU PF. DO NOT VOTE MWONZORA. VOTE CCC FOR CHANGE ].

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Mark 3 months ago

@Vybz Kartel

I genuinely don't care about many things on Pindula nor do I want to dampen your political opinion or anything like that but you're taking it too far with the multiple hearts and long paragraphs. We all have rights but however it's not fair to abuse your rights in the disadvantage of others.

Be responsible


mhazi of Silobela 3 months ago

now this is a good leader. think of your people first. just dont rush to support nonsense.

wish we had your calibre of leaders in Africa.

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