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Protecting Christian culture is a top priority for both Hungary and Russia, the foreign minister said at the weekend.

Hungary has built cooperation with Russia to protect Christian communities, Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Rádió, referring to the issue as “a very serious, tense, international and political” one. Both countries have mobilised great resources to ensure that protection, he added. Referring to a recent visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest, the minister said that the two countries had agreed to jointly rebuild a monastery in Syria, adding that they would jointly finance a large bakery to provide bread for a whole city.

On another subject, Szijjártó said that Hungary’s gas reserves were full, and the country was in the “comfortable position” of starting negotiations about gas supplies for the next heating season.

Szijjártó also noted that the two countries have signed the necessary agreements that will allow Hungarian drugmaker Richter to realise a 15 million dollar investment in Russia after one of its most important products has been registered as a state-subsidised drug in the country.