Szijjártó noted that the 20th anniversary of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic’s accession to the alliance is being marked this year alongside the celebration on NATO’s 70th anniversary. “Only those who have experienced Communism can grasp the significance of this membership,” said at a roundtable discussion he attended with his Polish and Czech counterparts, Tomáš Petřiček and Jacek Czaputowicz, who focused on the challenge Russia poses to NATO, saying the Polish government welcomed the stronger US military presence in the country.
Szijjártó said the US had changed its policy towards central Europe root and branch, and Hungary welcomed this turnabout. “Instead of intervening [in domestic affairs], we see American policies based on mutual respect,” he added. He also commented on Ukraine, referring to the situation of the Hungarian minority living there and restrictions to their rights, saying this reflected Ukraine’s failure to observe NATO values.