FM Péter Szijjártó: European Security Challenges Cannot Be Solved Without US-Russia Cooperation

Publicated on: February 21, 2017

In a statement prior to the UN Security Council Meeting on European conflict on Monday, February 20, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó underlined hat the security challenges threatening Europe cannot be solved without cooperation between the United States and Russia.

Speaking to Hungarian new agency MTI, the Foreign Minister affirmed that Europe faces its most serious crises of conflict since the end of the Cold War. “These conflicts and security challenges are not only European, however: the many security challenges and armed conflicts simultaneously affecting Europe have global elements, and often global causes,” said Szijjártó.

Referencing the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement that could not have come about without US-Russian multilateral cooperation, Szijjártó said that Hungary calls for “the establishment of dialogue between the United States and Russia, based on mutual trust and a respect for international law; because without such cooperation, dealing a final blow to Islamic State will also not be realistic, and without the destruction of Islamic State there can be no solution to the migration crisis affecting Europe. Our view is that a realistic solution to the conflicts threatening Europe can only be found if the Russians and Americans decide to improve their relations and switch to a relationship which is more pragmatic than it was,” added the Foreign Minister, who is  currently in New York for the United Nation’s Ministerial debate on European conflicts organized by the Ukrainian Presidency.