Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry is surprised to see Budapest remain friendly to Moscow after a recent Russian missile strike on Transcarpathia region – right on Hungary’s doorstep – the ministry’s spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said in an interview with NV Radio on May 4.
The attack on Transcarpathia targeted logistical infrastructure that facilitates the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine.
Despite this, Hungary remains opposed to arming Ukraine in its fight against the invading Russian army.
“Allied convoys bringing military aid to Ukraine across the Hungary-Ukraine border could become targets of Russian attacks,” said Tomasz Mentzer, Hungarian FM spokesperson.
According to Nikolenko, a Russian missile strike on a region with large Hungarian diaspora signals that this war is a matter involving Europe.
He added that it’s no use hoping that “political concessions will sate Russia’s appetite for aggression.”
“When he orders his troops to kill people, Putin does not recognize different nationalities,” said Nikolenko.
“He doesn’t have partners or allies; he will always stab you in the back – it’s just a matter of time and circumstance.”
“Peace and security in Hungary require peace and security in Ukraine; Putin’s attack on Transcarpathia brings the war closer to Hungary.”
The diplomat said that he does not wish the Hungarian people to expeience the same horrors that Ukrainians have to deal with now, but noted that “Europe does not exist in a vacuum.”
“Every European country must work towards peace,” Nikolenko said.
“We hope that Hungary will not disrupt EU unity, including in the matters of the Russian oil embargo and military aid to Ukraine.”