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ORBÁN DEFENDS DECISION TO MAKE EXCEPTION TO BORDER CLOSURE FOR V4

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán defended the government’s decision to make an exception to pandemic border restrictions for citizens of the other Visegrad Group countries in his weekly radio interview. Reacting to the European Union’s warning Hungary against “discriminating” some countries in its recent travel restrictions, Orbán said that “bureaucrats in Brussels must understand that V4 countries have developed a deep cooperation concerning the epidemic”, adding that “Hungary is rather safe due to preventive measures in the other three Visegrad countries”. Defending recent entry restrictions, the prime minister said that “the virus is inside Hungary, its spread must be slowed down in the country and prevent further imports”. He added that a government meeting later in the day would “further refine details to achieve the greatest possible freedom while observing all important restrictions”. Concerning foreign criticism of the measures, he said that “they can say what they want…but, in a couple of days, they’re going to do the same thing we’re doing”, and argued that the pandemic cannot be reined in without restrictions at the border.