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Hungary stands by its stance that migration should be stopped and supports Poland and the Baltic states in their efforts to protect their borders, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Stockholm after talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Makei. After the talks on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Szijjártó said in a Facebook post that the European Union was in a difficult situation, with migration pressure building up on three borders simultaneously. “It is unacceptable to place migration pressure on another country or use migrants as pawns in hybrid warfare. At the same time, we have to maintain channels of communication or we lose all possibility of finding a solution,” Szijjártó said.
The minister noted that Hungary had experienced the challenges of mass illegal migration during the 2015 crisis. “We then made a definitive decision to stop the inflow of migrants into Hungary. The fence has been working well ever since, and we stopped 110,000 migrants on our southern borders this year alone,” he said. The security risks arising from the allied forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan are threatening with larger migration waves than ever, he said. “It is in our interest to strengthen our borders and to push our defence lines as far back as possible,” he said.
Szijjártó slammed the “astounding hypocrisy of Brussels and certain countries … who keep talking against migration even as they keep mandatory distribution quotas on the agenda, support pro-migration NGOs and criticise us, the fence and the transit zone,” he said.