Hungary Schools Pompeo Over 'Huge Hypocrisy' on Russia: 'We're Sick and Tired'

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The top Hungarian diplomat's remarks came during his joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who, in particular, warned Hungary not to let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO. "


Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeoin Budapest on Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto specifically pointed out what he described as Western countries' hypocritical stance toward Moscow.

"As for Russia – and I have told the State Secretary about this – there is enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena", Szijjarto said. 

He recalled that neither Hungarian nor Central European energy companies take part in the Nord Stream 2 project jointly with Russia's Gazprom.

Also, he added, the French President, not the Hungarian Prime Minister, was called the main guest at the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Szijjarto pointed to the fact that "the leaders of major Western corporations rather that the heads of the Hungarian energy companies were sitting on the stage next to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin".

In addition, the Hungarian Foreign Minister called for accessing the volume of trade between European countries and Russia in order to make sure that Budapest does not only focus on developing relations  with Moscow.

"Look at the data on trade turnover between Western European countries and Russia. We are, so to speak, sick and tired of you painting us as a country which has close ties with Russia", Szijjarto noted.

Responding to Pompeo's remarks that Hungary should not let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO, Szijjarto assured that cooperation with Moscow will not prevent Budapest from remaining a reliable ally of the United States and NATO.

Pompeo, for his part, underscored Moscow's increasing international clout and claimed that the Russian side "does not share the desire for freedom".

He also announced "new initiatives that will strengthen the US presence in Central Europe", pledging to support  Hungary "in its fight against corruption, strengthening law enforcement cooperation and providing mentorships training in exchanges for independent media in all four Visegrad countries".

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Hungary Schools Pompeo Over 'Huge Hypocrisy' on Russia: 'We're Sick and Tired'

2019/02/1549953797.jpg
Read: 866     12:12     12 February 2019    

The top Hungarian diplomat's remarks came during his joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who, in particular, warned Hungary not to let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO. "


Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeoin Budapest on Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto specifically pointed out what he described as Western countries' hypocritical stance toward Moscow.

"As for Russia – and I have told the State Secretary about this – there is enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena", Szijjarto said. 

He recalled that neither Hungarian nor Central European energy companies take part in the Nord Stream 2 project jointly with Russia's Gazprom.

Also, he added, the French President, not the Hungarian Prime Minister, was called the main guest at the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Szijjarto pointed to the fact that "the leaders of major Western corporations rather that the heads of the Hungarian energy companies were sitting on the stage next to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin".

In addition, the Hungarian Foreign Minister called for accessing the volume of trade between European countries and Russia in order to make sure that Budapest does not only focus on developing relations  with Moscow.

"Look at the data on trade turnover between Western European countries and Russia. We are, so to speak, sick and tired of you painting us as a country which has close ties with Russia", Szijjarto noted.

Responding to Pompeo's remarks that Hungary should not let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO, Szijjarto assured that cooperation with Moscow will not prevent Budapest from remaining a reliable ally of the United States and NATO.

Pompeo, for his part, underscored Moscow's increasing international clout and claimed that the Russian side "does not share the desire for freedom".

He also announced "new initiatives that will strengthen the US presence in Central Europe", pledging to support  Hungary "in its fight against corruption, strengthening law enforcement cooperation and providing mentorships training in exchanges for independent media in all four Visegrad countries".

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