Hungarian minister meets Russia’s Sergei Lavrov regardless of EU ‘understanding’ not to take action

Hungarian International Minister Peter Szijjártó met with Russia’s Sergei Lavrov on Thursday hours after an EU official mentioned member states had an understanding to not meet with Russian officers because it “does not make a lot sense”.

Szijjártó justified his assembly along with his Russian counterpart in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations’ Basic Meeting by writing in a Fb publish that “peace requires negotiation, negotiation requires dialogue!”

In an accompanying video, he mentioned he requested Lavrov whether or not he had met with different EU overseas ministers whereas in New York and had been instructed it wasn’t the case. 

“After all, it could be that at dwelling, opposition MPs, spokesmen, or members of the opposition press will criticise my assembly with Sergei Lavrov, however the reality is that if peace shouldn’t be achieved with out dialogue, it won’t be achieved,” he went on. 

“And I believe that out of anyplace, it’s right here on the UN Basic Meeting, that this dialogue ought to have been began. And I believe that if there are not any talks on peace within the coming interval, the world will face much more severe penalties, which it will be good to stop,” he added.

Their assembly got here simply hours after EU Fee spokesperson Peter Stano instructed reporters that “it doesn’t make a lot sense to speak with the Russian management proper now as a result of Putin yesterday confirmed very clearly for the entire world, precisely on World Day of Peace, that he’s not in peace however in a continuation of his aggression in violation of the UN Constitution.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday morning declared a partial army mobilisation in a televised tackle to the nation that would see as much as 300,000 males drafted to affix the warfare. He additionally confirmed that referenda would quickly be held in Russian-controlled components of Ukraine which Kyiv and Western international locations have denounced as a bid to rapidly illegally annex them earlier than Ukrainian forces at present making fast beneficial properties within the east of the nation attain them. 

The Kremlin chief mentioned that after the referenda — which have been denounced as a sham within the West — any makes an attempt to recapture the territories could be seen as a direct assault towards Russia. 

EU member states reacted to the announcement by convening a rare overseas affairs council in new York to begin work on one other spherical of sanctions towards Moscow.

Stano careworn that the EU “have by no means minimize the communication channel with Russia. We nonetheless talk however the communication takes place in particular circumstances and there’s time and area for the communication.”

“There may be an understanding among the many EU member states that at this specific stage assembly Lavrov for instance in New York wouldn’t make a lot sense as a result of it will not convey the mandatory outcomes. 

“The explanation for any engagement with Russia is to convey our messages, to convey our argumentation and our calls on them to cease this insane, unlawful warfare. However in an environment the place they’re escalating step-by-step, day-by-day this unlawful aggression, it does not make a lot sense to have direct interplay, particularly with Lavrov, particularly in New York, particularly this week,” he went on. 

Hungary has more and more voiced its opposition to EU sanctions towards Russia, arguing they’re having a big damaging affect on the continent’s economies. 

The landlocked nation, which closely depends on Russian fossil fuels, has already used its capacity to veto — EU sanctions have to be unanimously backed by the 27 member states — to carve out concessions within the punitive measures already imposed together with a Russian oil embargo. 

In addition they prevented the addition of Patriarch Kirill, the top of the Russian Orthodox Church and considered one of Putin’s most ardent supporters, on the bloc’s sanctions checklist.

Budapest has now introduced that they need to ballot the nation’s residents on whether or not they assist sanctions on Russia over the warfare in Ukraine in what’s seen as an try and additional put stress on Brussels to water down upcoming sanctions.

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