Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives at Hungary for official visit

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Russian foreign minister visits Hungary for the first time in ten years said Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi at a press conference held with his Russian counterpart. The Hungarian foreign minister stressed that Russia is an essential player in world politics and Moscow is an important partner for Hungary as well. Martonyi expressed his hope that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and PM Viktor Orbán today's meeting gives new momentum to Hungarian-Russian bilateral relations in every area including culture, economy, science, education and the energy sector. The two sides have agreed in a new action plan, which aims to get more Hungarian students to Russian Universities, and vice versa.

Martonyi announced that a Russian cultural event will be held in Hungary next year and a Hungarian cultural festival will be held in Russia in 2015. Hungary and Russia are reliable partners the relationship between the two countries is based on mutual respect said Martonyi.

The Russian foreign minster stressed that the implementation of the agreements that were concluded in January during Viktor Orbán's Moscow visit is ongoing. The Russian foreign minister stressed he was pleased that the interest in the Russian language in Hungary is growing. Lavrov especially welcomed the Tolstoy, Russian-Hungarian cultural association activities to help improving bilateral relations in the cultural sphere.

Lavrov called for the further strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries especially in the field of innovative technologies, and joint scientific projects. Cooperation between the two countries will be greatly enhanced by the upcoming joint economic committee meeting in the fall and the network of trading houses, which are scheduled to open in the near future in Moscow, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk and Rostov-na-Donu.

Lavrov emphasized that Moscow appreciates Budapest's constructive approach in Russian - European Union relations, including the support to ease visa requirements between Russian and EU citizens. The Russian foreign minister stressed that both parties take efforts to ensure that EU and Russian citizens can travel visa-free.

Martonyi said Russian-EU relations are improving, and one of the most important long-term geo-strategic goals is to maintain friendly relations with Russia, which is an important strategic partner of Hungary. Hungary is among that group of nations within the European Union, which are promoting the improvement of Russian-EU relations in all fields.

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