Jobbik President Gábor Vona visiting Moscow

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jobbik is hoping that Russia will support Hungarian-Rusyn autonomy in Transcarpathia said Vona to Russia Today news agency in Moscow, today.

The Jobbik politician said to RT that ethnic cleansing was going on in eastern Ukraine and the fear was that something similar might happen in Transcarpathia as well.

Jobbik chairman visiting Moscow with party parliamentary group leader, Márton Gyöngyösi and MEP Béla Kovács.

The Jobbik delegation arrived in the Russian capital on Tuesday to meet Russian political and cultural actors and to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and Hungarian-Russian relations.

On Tuesday, Vona met Alexei Zhuravlyov, the head of the patriotic Rodina party and parliamentary representative of the ruling United Russia party.

Later on, the Jobbik delegation will meet the chairman of the Duma Energy Committee and the head of the Russian-Hungarian Friendship Society.

Jobbik foreign critic and Vice-Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament Márton Gyöngyösi echoed his party's view on the Ukrainian crisis explaining that the geopolitical struggle to control the region has been going on since 1989. Gyöngyösi reiterated that it is not Russia but the west that perpetrated an act of aggression against Ukraine, which conflict has escalated into a bloody civil war. Moscow merely protecting the Russian minority in Ukraine. Jobbik holds the view that the the Crimean referendum was exemplary, which provides a glimpse of hope for autonomy to Transcarpathian Hungarians.

Talking to the Russian media, MEP Béla Kovács categorically rejected accusations against him by Hungary's chief prosecutor who accused him of spying for Russia. He emphasized that he was working hard in the European Parliament to improve relations between Russia and the European Union. He stressed that as a co-chairman of the European Parliament and the Russian Duma joint energy working group, he achieved major successes.

Kovács also indicated that the deterioration of bilateral relationship between the European Union and Russia threatens with serious consequences; if the South Stream gas pipeline can't be realized Europe's energy security will be threatened.

Jobbik Chairman Gábor Vona emphasized that Jobbik belonged among the very few European political parties that advocated good relations with Russia. Vona welcomed the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union as well. In his view, it is necessary to have a force that economically and politically counterweight against Euro-Atlanticism. Although it is not realistic that Hungary join the Eurasian Union he called on Budapest to develop the closest possible cooperation with the new economic union. Jobbik wants to be the most consistent and reliable player in this effort said Vona.

The Jobbik leader reiterated that Russia is one of Jobbik's main foreign allies and regarding the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, Jobbik has no doubt about the validity of the Crimean referendum.

(MTI -


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