Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó: Europe needs strategic partnership with Russia

Monday, October 13, 2014

Europe needs strategic partnership with Russia to recover at least part what has been lost since the beginning of the 2008 economic crisis said Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó to Hospodárské Noviny Slovak economic news-portal.

The head of Hungarian diplomacy pointed out that the Hungarian economy loses 300 thousand euros per day due to the sanctions against Russia, while there are no signs that the anti-Russian measures helped resolving the Ukrainian crises; but exactly the opposite has been happening hostilities have flared up and we are further away from solving the crisis than ever before. Europe is suffering as its economies suffer (due to sanctions) and you can see that the policy of sanctions in a long-run work against European interests.

"Europe has lost it competitive edge since the 2008 economic crisis; strategic partnership with Russia is the only way to recover at least a part of what has been lost" said Szijjártó. He reminded the possible beneficial effects of cooperating with Russia the country that is extremely rich in natural resources; combining this with European high technology could produce a win-win situation for all participating countries. Events in Ukraine and the sanctions combined work against the interests of all European countries said the foreign minister.

Regarding energy security, Szijjártó stressed that Hungary is committed to the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline even if this is not a definitive answer to solve the long term energy security of the country. The real solution would have been the Nabucco gas pipeline, but since the European Union scrapped the project no other option has left, but the South Stream gas pipeline.

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Anonymous said...

A zsidajai nem orulnrk ilyenfajta szovegnek...

Ez nekik nem megoldas, mert igy nem tudjak a hatalmat a kezukbe kaparintani Oroszorszagban. (Ukrajnaban ugyebar mar sikerult; Turchinov, Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko)
El is fog kezdodni Szijjarto utlegelese a (zsido) mediaban.

Angela Bogaczy said...

These pronouncements of Péter Szijjártó are astonishing. Sheer good sense is not unusual from him, of course. But it is to take the US bull by the horns, and its EU allies, to talk in terms of cooperation with Russia. Confrontation with Russia, as the Ukrainian US stooges and the filthy mess in Ukraine show all too clearly, is the obvious US strategy.

Interestingly, Putin's adviser Sergei Glaziev is on all fours with Szijjártó: . And a very sympathetic commentary on Szijjártó's words has appeared in the FT (16 Oct.) from Andrew Byrne. Curiously, and I doubt that this is an accident, a rash of commentators has charged in on the Byrne article with 'look what the Russians did to you' scaremongering. Naturally, they decline to distinguish Russia and the USSR. They need the Cold War alignment badly!!!!

HungarianAmbiance, what does one make of this situation, as Andrew Byrne puts it: 'While the Czech and Slovak prime ministers have also criticised sanctions against Russia, Poland and the Baltic states have urged a hard line against Moscow'? Surely the Poles and the Baltics should see the dangers in confrontation with Russia as clearly as we do.

HungarianAmbiance said...

"HungarianAmbiance, what does one make of this situation, as Andrew Byrne puts it: 'While the Czech and Slovak prime ministers have also criticised sanctions against Russia, Poland and the Baltic states have urged a hard line against Moscow'?"

The bitter memories of history are behind the hard-line anti-Russian feelings in those countries. It seems that the Polish government forgot that it was the west that betrayed Poland when Germany invaded the country in 1939. If a global economic reset strikes the NATO and other forced “alliances” will fall apart in the blink of an eye and the former allies will go on their own ways depending on their national interests. The head of Apple Computer Steve Jobs said before he died: the debasement of American society and the ruining of the American education system is so profound that the USA won't ever be able to repatriate its industries from Asia due to lack of skilled workforce. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future the traditional roles between the west and Asia changed - Asia being the center of high-tech industry and the US the unskilled labor intensive industries.

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