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Brussels' policy of sanctions is "ill-advised and self-destructive", Tamás Deutsch, the head of ruling Fidesz's EP delegation, said on Wednesday, calling for the sanctions to be scrapped.

Fidesz’s European parliamentary group will continue to support changing Brussels’ “ill-advised and self-destructive” sanctions policy, Deutsch said in a statement. Those outside Europe who support Brussels’ sanctions policy consider the economic crisis about to hit EU member states along with soaring energy prices and inflation to be “collateral damage”, the MEP said. “It is time for Europe to finally represent its own interests so that the Brussels bureaucracy too will admit that the sanctions policy is ill-advised,” he said. “It causes greater economic damage to Europe’s national economies than to those it is targeting.” “Our most important task is to have our voices heard as the sober-minded minority in the European Parliament that supports ending the sanctions,” he said. Hungary’s government fulfilled its commitments, reaching an agreement with Brussels and clearing all legal and political obstacles to gaining access to EU funds, Deutsch said. He added, at the same time, that Brussels could throw more obstacles in Hungary’s way of gaining access to the monies.