Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said new European Union proposal under which the bloc’s foreign policy decisions would no longer require unanimous support from member states was “an act of revenge against us for blocking the EU’s unified position in support of the UN’s global migration compact”. The EU wanted all member states to back the UN compact but Hungary refused and it will continue to refuse to support migration, Szijjártó said. The country reserves itself the right to act in accordance with its own interests within international organisations, he added. Hungary, he said, was not alone in its opposition to the proposal, saying that several other member states were also against “forcing the proposal through”.
Concerning the Western Balkans, the minister said it had become clear that the EU was “on the back foot” in the “competition for the region”. Europe’s “slowness” has allowed the United States, Russia and China to take the initiative to make gains in the region, Szijjártó said, adding that this was against Hungary’s interests. He also urged the bloc to speed up the process of Serbia’s EU integration.
As regards the situation in Belarus, Szijjártó said that in spite of the recent expulsion of the Polish and Lithuanian ambassadors from the country, it was important for the EU to maintain communication with Minsk. He said the EU could include Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on a new list of sanctioned officials from the country. The EU is also planning to impose sanctions on a new list of Russian officials over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, he said.