In view of natural disasters near Hungary in the past weeks, the Hungarian Armed Forces has decided to bump up personnel numbers serving in disaster management, according to Army Commander Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi. Last month, two Hungarian helicopters assisted in combatting a wide-spread wildfire in Slovenia, and other countries, including Hungary, can be facing similar challenges in the near future, he said. In case of a natural disaster in Hungary, 250 personnel will be able to perform simpler tasks, while working groups were assigned to operate machines and perform more complex duties, Ruszin-Szendi said. The army is also performing logistical and health-care tasks, he said.
Meanwhile, he said tensions are rising in Kosovo, where the NATO forces are under the command of a Hungarian general. “They are doing everything in our power to de-escalate the situation and ensure peace and security for locals,” he said.