Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said Russia should not be perceived as a threat to Hungary or any other NATO or EU state. Criticizing Western sanctions against Russia, Szijjarto said Hungary is seeking closer ties with Moscow.

 

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“I don’t see Russia as a threat to Hungary,” the foreign minister said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.

 

Szijjarto also said that while he “understands” some Eastern European countries such as Poland and the Baltic states might have “another” position, he disapproved of frequent allegations of Russian aggression.

 

“Russia would not attack any NATO member state. I don’t think it would be in Russia’s interest,” the foreign minister said.