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Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, who met Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva for talks in Sofia, said they were all in agreement that the European Union “continues to apply double standards” when it comes to ties with Russia and energy policy. Szijjártó told MTI all agreed that the means for transporting Russian gas through Turkey to Europe should be guaranteed and Bulgaria pledged to implement the necessary developments accordingly. The three ministers also agreed that bilateral ties “are on the right track”. Bilateral trade turnover in the first three quarters of 2018 exceeded 1.2 billion euros, Szijjártó said. He added that Hungarian bank OTP is preparing to buy another bank in Bulgaria, making itself one of the two largest banks in that country. Concerning Brexit, the three ministers expressed regret over the move and agreed that “both Budapest and Sofia would have preferred to see the UK remaining a member [of the European Union]“, Szijjártó said.