Hungarian ambassador: Cooperating with Russia doesn’t mean turning back on Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary suffers due to EU’s economic sanctions against Russia, too, Erno Keskeny says
16:58, 28 July 2016

‘To Hungary, the united position of the EU matters very much – I mean, the support of sanctions. But one also has to understand these sanctions badly harm the Hungarian economy; we suffer great losses in this regard. Due to sanctions against Russia our economy already lost more than USD 4 billion. Currently, Russia’s our fourth largest economic partner by sales volume; there can be no emotions or judgments, solely pragmatic relations. It is very important for us to cooperate. About 80 percent of the energy that we consume comes from Russia. Of course, we could buy that from the USA, or the Arabic countries, or Norway under the diversification of energy supply routes; but that’s too expensive. And that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t support Ukraine in terms of politics’, Hungarian ambassador Erno Keskeny said at Thursday briefing in Kyiv.     

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