In connection with a meeting of the Diaspora Council and the Hungarian Permanent Conference (Máért) last weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview to public radio that the “hundred years of Hungarian solitude” had come to an end and that Hungary’s neighbours realised that “working with us is not unnatural; indeed, it is worthwhile.” Serbia has a major role in this, he said, adding that Hungary had 800 years of friendship with the Croats and it had managed to build a relationship based on mutual trust with the Slovaks. Further, Hungary has taken steps forward with the Romanians, he said. “Those who work together with Hungary are doing well,” the prime minister said. Joint economic development schemes are good not only for Hungarians outside the borders but also for non-Hungarian citizens of neighbouring states, he said.
Orbán said Hungary is trying to help Ukraine understand the difficult situation of Hungarians living there. Further, Hungary “not only accepts Ukraine’s territorial integrity, but also demands this from Russia.” The government does not want to differentiate between Hungarians and other national minorities in Transcarpathia, but wants to help everyone, he said. But for all our friendship towards Ukraine, “all we have got in return is an anti-Hungarian policy,” he said, adding that hopefully the next Ukrainian president would formulate a Hungary-friendly policy instead. Orbán said Ukraine’s NATO and EU accession depended on Hungary’s help, so it is “self-defeating” to pursue an anti-Hungarian policy.