Hungary condemns EU sanctions on Russia as move toward war
(MENAFN) Hungary has condemned the European Union's sanctions against Russia for Moscow's ongoing war in Ukraine, describing them as a counterproductive interference in the crisis that might swiftly convert the EU into an actual "belligerent."
"It's a step towards war, if someone intervenes economically in a military conflict," Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated amid a radio interview on Friday.
"Taking a stand" could quickly amount to "becoming an actual belligerent," he highlighted.
Russia began its military operation in February. It claims to have initiated the operation to protect the pro-Russian populace in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk from Kiev's persecution.
The two republics split from Ukraine in 2014, refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government that had deposed a democratically elected Russia-friendly administration.
Since the start of the war, Western nations, led by the United States, have slapped Russia with a raft of economic penalties and flooded Ukraine with modern weaponry, actions that Russia claims would only prolong the conflict.
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