Concerning Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s recent statement that Hungary and Poland are making different approaches to the war in Ukraine, Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, said that both countries had condemned the Russian aggression, the violation of an independent nation’s sovereignty by the armed forces of another country. Hungary has also expressed solidarity with and assisted refugees arriving from Ukraine, he added.
It is a matter of debates with Poland, however, whether arms deliveries are prolonging the war or helping Ukraine restore its territorial integrity, he said. Asked if Ukraine should relinquish some of its territories to Russia, Gulyás said, “we do not want to make a statement in what is an Ukrainian affair”.
However, if someone considers the progress of war, it makes no sense cherishing illusions, Gulyás said, adding that the position of several western politicians that Ukraine should win the war might be morally correct but there is no real chance for such a victory.
Asked about shortage of manpower in health care and education, Gulyás said that the number of physicians had increased by 7,000 since 2010. There might be shortages in some areas but in general the medical profession is staffed properly, he said. As for teachers, Gulyás suggested lifting the restrictions for their employment over retirement age.
Concerning the infringement procedure the European Commission launched against Hungary, saying that banning the access of foreign motorists to fuel at the capped prices available for Hungarians violated the EU principles of free movement and single market, Gulyás said the government would reply to the EC within two months, by deadline.
In reply to a question, the prime minister’s chief of staff said that the Budapest stadium to host the 2023 World Athletics Championships would be completed in time, within the budgeted costs.