Sanctions that target a whole country instead of specific individuals always hurt the innocent, ordinary people the most. Be these people European citizens who cannot afford to pay their electricity bills, or Central Asians who now live in extreme poverty, generic sanctions punish those the most who are the least responsible.
By 2050, Hungary hopes to dramatically reduce its reliance on imported gas, from its present 11.5 billion cubic metres per year, by cutting its annual gas consumption to no more than 3-4 billion cubic metres and increasing the production of non-fossil fuels.
On Monday, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán gave an extensive interview to Budapester Zeitung. He detailed how the government is complying with the European Commission’s requests, and how the Hungarian opposition weaponizes EU institutions.