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The Hungarian government's measures taken during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic were in line with international law and did not harm human rights or freedoms in any way, the foreign minister said.

Speaking by phone from Strasbourg after meeting leaders of the Council of Europe, Péter Szijjártó noted the “unprecedented attacks” on Hungary from international organisations and EU member states during the first wave of the epidemic, when the government was endowed with special powers to fight the spread of Covid-19. “All attacks have been proven to be unfair and based on lies,” he said. “International organisations should aid protection efforts against the pandemic, or at least refrain from attacking countries working to protect their citizens and economy by taking extraordinary measures,” Szijjártó said.
Hungary expects to be free from such attacks while tackling the second wave of the pandemic, he said. Szijjártó said the Hungarian government was unwilling to bend to the expectations of international organisations or the international press. In the coming weeks and months, Hungary will carry on protecting the lives, health and jobs of the Hungarian people while making sure the country is functional, regardless of its repercussions in certain international organisations, he said.