Hungary ‘Won't Send Weapons To War Zone’

  • 1 Mar 2022 7:11 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Hungary ‘Won't Send Weapons To War Zone’
Keeping Hungary out of the war in Ukraine is in the interest of the Hungarian people, so the country will not send weapons or soldiers to the war zone, Viktor Orbán has said.

Neither will Hungary allow lethal aid across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, the prime minister said in a video statement.

Orbán said that Hungary’s national security body which convened earlier today had decided against allowing weapons across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border.

“We’ve decided against allowing such shipments,” he said, adding that nothing should be allowed that would jeopardise the security of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia.

Orbán said that in the midst of war, sober-mindedness was required. “Naturally, we’re providing humanitarian aid,” he said, noting that Hungarian aid shipments had arrived in Ukraine on Sunday and Monday. The prime minister also noted that refugees arriving from over the border were being taken care of.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said Hungary has consented to the EU delivering weapons to Ukraine but will not be involved in the action on a bilateral basis and will not allow lethal aid to transit its territory.

State Secretary Accuses Opposition PM Candidate of 'Lying Again'; no Weapons Delivery to Ukraine

No Hungarian military plane is involved in delivering weapons to Ukraine, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, wrote on Facebook on Monday, accusing the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate, Péter Márki-Zay, of “lying yet again” and spreading “fake news” to that effect.

No weapons are passing through Hungarian territory to Ukraine and none is being handled by Hungarian personnel, Kovács wrote.

The state secretary said, however, that three Hungarian aircraft were performing tasks related to NATO’s heavy air transport capability in cooperation with several nations by providing international strategic military airlift capabilities to participating countries.

Each participant can purchase flight hours for use of the aircraft for their own purposes, Kovács said.

The purpose for which the aircraft were being used had not been requested by Hungary or the Hungarian Armed Forces, he added.

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