Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was on public Kossuth radio on Friday morning for his regular weekly interview. The PM, among other things, reflected on the war in Ukraine and stressed that ‘there are tough weeks ahead’.
The prime minister noted that Ukraine’s now expected counteroffensive is its last big chance to prevail. After it the situation will become much clearer and it will become obvious to many what kind of military options there are left in the war. ‘There are always various interests that latch onto a war’, he said. Whether it be arms dealers, speculators or even smugglers, for some a conflict like this one is a ‘gold mine’. He opined that there are Western business circles, ‘with perhaps George Soros at the forefront’ that
‘have always dreamed about gaining a foothold in Ukraine and gain access to the natural resources Russia has to offer’.
He also added that the Vatican is committed to using its strength, relations and influence to attempt to end the bloodshed,
‘and it is still counting on us’ in that endeavour, the PM underlined.
The Vatican is working on gathering all the actors in whose countries the voice of peace is stronger and who are prepared to represent said voice on the international stage. Hungary clearly stands for peace, Orbán reiterated.
He then talked about the fact that a successful, well-functioning Ukraine is absolutely in Hungary’s interest. He reminded of the ethnic Hungarian community living there, and noted that their fate is also important for the government and makes it even more motivated to advocate for peace.
Viktor Orbán declared that if Ukraine is in trouble, ravaged by war, and risks losing the lives of its citizens by the hundreds of thousands, that reduces Hungary’s attractiveness as well.
He emphasised that part of Ukraine is ‘ancient Hungarian land which currently belongs to Ukraine’, and the ethnic Hungarian form ‘an indigenous community’ there, stressing that the suffering of Ukraine is also the suffering of the Hungarians living there. As a result, Hungarians are more motivated, more than any other nation currently in Europe, to wish for peace and
the government is seeking ways to contribute to peace.
Hungary is open to taking part in any peace mission, he underlined.