Péter Szijjártó: European Parliament resolution on Navalny will not affect relations between Hungary and Russia

Head of Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that there are more important topics in Hungarian-Russian relations than the discussion of Russian internal affairs

Hungary’s Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations Minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview with RBC that the European Parliament (EP) resolution passed on Thursday on the situation with Alexei Navalny would not affect cooperation between Moscow and Budapest.

 

“All this will not affect bilateral cooperation between Russia and Hungary, nor bilateral cooperation between Russia and any Western European country in general”, –  Szijjártó said, commenting on the relevant European Parliament decision.

The Hungarian foreign minister also said that the topic of Navalny’s detention was not part of the agenda of his visit to the Russian capital the day before.

“I came here on very, very important business: to agree on vaccine purchases for Hungarians to save lives and help the economy recover more quickly from difficulties due to restrictions. I am here to negotiate an extension of the contract allowing us to buy gas from Russia, which accounts for 85% of all gas imports”, –  the minister said. – “There are extremely important issues that need to be discussed at the bilateral level, and Russia’s internal affairs are not part of that agenda.”

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