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ORBÁN: VISEGRAD GROUP COOPERATION BENEFITS ALL

 

Commenting on the 30th anniversary of Visegrad Group cooperation, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió that “if we join forces, we all benefit and get richer”. Hungary and Poland must be connected by as many high-capacity energy links and transport networks through Slovakia as possible, he said, adding that this was a basic economic strategy interest for Hungary. A road link to Kosice (Kassa) is expected to be ready by the end of this year but Poland is still far away from there, so the next stretch will have to be built, possibly in a joint project, he said. For a long time, “we were defending Europe” from external threats but the situation has changed because western Europe has allowed cultures with non-Christian roots to enter, he said. “We built the fence and stopped migration” but this type of pressure is now arriving not through central Europe anymore, he said. However, any “clever western European politician” understands that strong central Europe is also a strategic interest for western Europe, he added.