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Some 89% of Hungarians interviewed in a recent survey said that sanctions on Russia also hurt the European Union and its economy, and 71% said that they did not support expanding sanctions to energy resources, including natural gas and crude oil, economic researcher Századvég said on Monday. The survey based on phone interviews with 1,000 people in May showed that 72% had a negative opinion on Russian President Vladimir Putin as against 68% in February. At the same time, 62% had a negative opinion on US President Joe Biden, up from 58% in February. A total of 65% had a negative opinion on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in May as against 52% in February.
Századvég said this was likely the result of criticism voiced by Zelensky and several members of his government about Hungary because the Hungarian government continues to buy crude oil and natural gas from Russia and refuses to send weapons to Ukraine. Some 79% of respondents said they were against Hungary sending weapons to Ukraine.
Some 28% said that Putin’s Russia had the greater responsibility for the escalation of the confrontation, and 21% said that Ukraine was to blame. Some 50% of respondents said that Russia and Ukraine were both responsible for the situation. In March 2022, 32% of respondents said that Russia was to blame and only 13% said that Ukraine was responsible for the escalation of the conflict.
Some 66% of Hungarians expect a protracted Russia-Ukraine war, as against 30% who said it would end in the near future. A total of 40% of respondents said the economic sanctions already introduced against Russia were sufficient and 31% said they were excessive. At the same time, 24% said the sanctions against Russia were not sufficient and they support extending them to natural gas and crude oil. Only 10% said that the sanctions against Russia did not have a significant effect on the EU economy.