OSCE Ministerial Conference
Written by Rainer Ackermann
“It is in the national interest to maintain stable and correct relations with Russia,” said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó after meeting his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov at the OSCE meeting in Skopje.
Szijjártó once again refused any pressure. “Our foreign policy is guided by national interests. “Hungary will continue to cooperate with Russia in the tried and tested manner to ensure its energy supply.”
Lavrov: Russia will comply with all contractual obligations
The Paks 2 nuclear power plant project is making good progress and bringing the two new reactor blocks online at the beginning of the 2030s is still a realistic goal. Lavrov assured him that Russia and its companies would comply with all contractual obligations. The agreed deliveries of natural gas and oil would also take place. This also applies after the hostile measures taken by Bulgaria – Gazprom continues to fulfill the agreed gas deliveries as planned.
Szijjártó emphasized that he had explained to Lavrov – as on every occasion – the Hungarian position of advocating peace in Ukraine. Hungary wants peace negotiations to finally replace weapons. All international organizations are working hard to achieve this and are pushing for communication channels to be kept open. In this sense, even before the meeting, Szijjártó expressed disappointment that another opportunity for dialogue between Russians and Americans had been missed in Skopje.
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