Hungary is ready to support the potential extension of the EU sanctions against Russia in order to force the Kremlin to abandon increased aggression against Ukraine in the future. This position was confirmed by Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Istvan Iidarto in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
"We continue supporting the EU’s decisions and we believe that if there is a need for further steps, we will also support them. ... The bottom line is that Hungary supports the sanctions policy, but it must be emphasized that sometimes we should also discuss whether it helps Ukraine and whether it really creates any problems for the Russian Federation," the ambassador said.
As for the conflict over the Crimean peninsula and Donbas, Hungary supports the EU's position of upholding Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
As we reported earlier, Russia plans to introduce new economic sanctions against Ukraine. A relevant bill has already been submitted to the Russian parliament.
The changes provide for a ban on the receipt of funds by the paying agent and processing of cross-border payments if the recipient is included in the list of sanctions.