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"Crazy proposals" to introduce the draft in Europe "are unacceptable", the foreign minister said after a meeting of his EU counterparts in Brussels.

“The Hungarian government will in no way allow central European youths, including Hungarians, to be sent to the war in Ukraine,” Peter Szijjártó told a press conference. “The countdown” to the European parliamentary elections “is unfortunately bringing about an increase in war sentiment”, with many proposing more money and arms for Ukraine, “which can only result in further destruction and more deaths”, he said. Referring to proposals aimed at allowing Ukraine to use Western arms against targets in Russia, Szijjártó said: “They talk positively about an initiative for NATO countries to shoot down Russian missiles above Ukraine and, unfortunately, my fellow foreign ministers have not distanced themselves from threats of nuclear war,” he said, adding that such remarks and “crazy proposals” could have “dangerous and tragic consequences”. “We don’t want to see Hungarians at the frontline of the Ukraine-Russia war. This isn’t our war and we have nothing to do with it,” Szijjártó said, adding: “Hands off our central European and Hungarians young people.”