Hungary is ready to continue supporting Ukraine on a bilateral basis, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, said on Friday. He said Annalena Baerbock, the German foreign minister, had “kindly warned us today that we should not gamble in connection with the 18 billion euros worth of [EU] financial assistance earmarked for Ukraine”. In his post on Facebook, Szijjártó said his German counterpart “has seriously misunderstood the situation,” insisting that Hungary’s refusal to provide financial assistance in the form of long-term loans “is not a question of tactics, but a matter of principle”. “A common future for Europe is not in accumulating piles of debts,” he said. Szijjártó said “we are ready to continue to support Ukraine, and exactly in the form we have done until now: on a bilateral basis”.