Szijjarto expressed his conviction that a “matter-of-fact, sober dialogue” should be held with Russia, while the sanctions talks in Brussels are now “hot and over-ideological”. Nobody is concerned with the effects of sanctions or the fact that the goals associated with them have clearly not met, he added.
“If the European Union wants to pursue a successful foreign policy, it should not be monochrome, we should not only talk about sanctions, because instead of them, we could also conduct a sensible dialogue with important partners. We also need this rather with Russia. The sanctions policy did not work, and if so, it is not worth pushing it further, ”said the minister.
When asked about warnings against possible Russian aggression against Ukraine, he said that one should not draw hasty, politically motivated conclusions from intelligence or military information, especially since “there is clearly no consensus on this matter also among NATO member states.”
“By talking on the basis of mutual respect, a new Cold War and the birth of a new Cold War psychosis can be prevented. There are influential players in world politics who would not be opposed to the emergence of such a psychosis. We in Central Europe have always only missed out on it, and we would not like it to come back, ”said Szijjarto.
Referring to the assumption of the position of foreign minister in Germany by Annalena Baerbock from the Greens, the Hungarian minister said that nothing new has happened in the bilateral contacts so far, and that Hungary is ready to discuss any matter on the basis of mutual respect.
“We would like to avoid anyone using Hungary as a punch bag. Until now, it has not been so, and as long as we rule, it will not be. Germany is an important partner, we have a lot of common interests, primarily in the areas of economy, industry and defense. There are 6,000 German companies in Hungary, ”he emphasized.