Hungary Has Vested Interest in Normalization of US-Russian Relations

Publicated on: July 1, 2017

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó urged the United States and Russia to take tangible steps to normalize relations following a recent meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

In a statement following the meeting, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó emphasized that the normalization of the US-Russian relations is not only necessary for the international community to effectively tackle the proliferation of global threats, but is also critical and in the direct interest of Hungary.

“We have learned history’s clear lesson that if East and West, Russia and the United States, maintain good relations, then that is good for Central Europe, but if there exists a bad relationship between the eastern and western powers, then Central Europe always ends up on the losing end,” said Szijjártó.

In their meeting, Foreign Ministers Szijjártó and Lavrov discussed at length the ongoing Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis as well as North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs that are in clear violation of repeated UN Security Council Resolutions. Both countries affirmed the view that Pyongyang’s actions constitute grave threats to global security.

Foreign Minister Lavrov also showed great interest in the EU infringement proceedings launched against Hungary for refusing the resettlement of refugees. Minister Szijjártó strongly assured his Russian counterpart that Hungary will not bow to any pressure and will not allow illegal immigrants to enter the country.