Hungary accuses EU of provoking Europe’s energy crisis with its “failed” sanctions

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Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has attributed the energy crisis affecting Europe to the “failed” sanctions adopted against Russia following the military offensive ordered by its president, Vladimir Putin, on neighboring Ukraine.

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For Szijjarto, who is attending a meeting of the EU-27 energy officials in Prague on Wednesday, the European Commission’s recommendations are “completely out of touch with reality”, so he has appealed on Facebook to return to “common sense”.

The head of Hungarian diplomacy hopes that “other ‘big’ ideas” will not come out of the Prague meeting and, speaking to the media upon his arrival, he has described as “obvious” that Budapest will never support a gas price cap.

In this regard, he recalled that the Russian authorities have already made “very clear” that they will interrupt the supply if this cap is applied, so he has urged to put above any other consideration the energy security of “all” Member States.

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“Let’s hope that the Commission does not make any proposal nor the Council accepts any proposal that puts energy security at risk in any member state,” stressed Szijjarto, who will attend an energy forum in Moscow on Thursday.

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