Budapest does not intend to violate European unity over the issue of sanctions against Russia, despite the conflict with Kyiv over education legislation, as stated by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in an interview with newspaper Kommersant.
According to him, while the Ukrainian law on education remains in force, Hungary will not support a single Ukrainian initiative or any important for Ukraine issue in any international organization.
However, sanctions against the Russian Federation, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, have nothing to do with this. "Sanctions are a separate issue. We have repeatedly stressed that we are interested in the relationship between Russia and the European Union, as well as the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union being built more pragmatically and based on mutual trust," the diplomat said.
"However at the same time, we repeatedly stressed that although we do not consider sanctions to be successful, we will not undermine European unity, because the strength of the European Union is based on it," he explained.
The European Union is supposed to consider extending economic sanctions against Russia in December.