Katalin Novák criticized the sanctions during her visit to Bratislava in line with the government communication

Katalin Novák; Slovakia; sanctions;

2022-09-30 18:15:00

The head of state also started to whip up punitive measures at the exact moment when this became Fidesz’s main point.

We need EU economic sanctions that cause serious economic difficulties for the Russian aggressor, not for the European economy, Hungarian President Katalin Novák said at a press conference held in Bratislava on Friday after a face-to-face and then plenary meeting with Slovak President Zuzana Caputová, according to MTI.

Turning to the situation of minorities, Katalin Novák reminded that according to the data of the recently completed Slovak census, there are almost half a million Hungarians living in the country, and the enforcement of their rights is extremely important to Hungary. Among the surrounding countries, Hungarians assimilated the most in Slovakia – pointed out the President of the Hungarian Republic, who asked his Slovak counterpart to do everything to ensure that the local Hungarians can preserve their national identity.

The Hungarian head of state spoke of the war in Ukraine as an “inevitably important topic”. “Our position has been firm from the first minute: we condemn Russia’s aggression, its attack on Ukraine, and we stand up for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he emphasized. Regarding military assistance, Slovakia and Hungary do not take the same position, but both accept large numbers of Ukrainian refugees. The interest and priority objective of both countries is the establishment of peace, even though the prospects are not currently pointing in this direction, he said.

Katalin Novák added that so far it has been possible to form a common position and reach acceptable compromises in the field of sanctions against Russia, for example, both Slovakia and Hungary can enjoy exemptions from the oil embargo. However, it is necessary to review the effects of the current and planned sanctions, he said, adding that at their meeting on Friday, he will also propose to Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger support for sanctions packages that cause serious economic difficulties for the Russian aggressor, not for the European economy. In response to a journalist’s question, Katalin Novák said: it seems that the sanctions have not had the desired effect in Russia so far.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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