Washington, Oct. 21 2014 - Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó arrives at the State Department in Washington. MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade / Szémann Tamás
Hungary's powerful enemies are rejoicing. The US Secretary of State John Kerry refuses to meet Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szjjártó during his Washington visit on Tuesday. The Monday's edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes that the American administration imposed travel restrictions on several Hungarian citizen that are allegedly involved in a corruption scheme. The newspaper remarks that the American administration downgraded relations with Hungary to the level of Russia and Uganda.
This however, is not the case as Secretary of State John Kerry usually personally meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rather than sending a lower-ranking official in his behalf like is the case of the Hungarian foreign minister. No doubt that this decision by the US administration increases anti-American sentiments in Hungarian society. The growing anti-western feelings in the Hungarian population are clearly detectable in the fact that the Fidesz party won three landslide victories in a row and the atlanticist opposition disintegrated.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó attends a business breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC on October 21, 2014. MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade / Szémann Tamás
The German newspaper suggesting that this move by the US administration is a clear diplomatic signal indicating that the US government does not approve Péter Szjjártó's appointment as the new foreign minister of the country. This unfriendly move by the US government is quite suggestive considering the fact that this trip is Péter Szjjártó's first visit to Washington.
The Hungarian atlanticist media already conducted an aggressive pro-American propaganda offensive during the spring and fall election campaigns attacking Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in close cooperation with western power structures.
Washington, Oct. 21, 2014 - Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó talks to the press in front of the building of the State Department in Washington. MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade / Szémann Tamás
The smear campaign against Szijjártó started by the extremist, liberal news portal Index.hu that prior to the elections, also launched a nasty character assassination campaign against Jobbik MEP Béla Kovács by publishing information on the politician's family relations based on information obtained from foreign intelligence agencies. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén remarked that Index.hu was working for foreign intelligence agencies. In the election campaign the same extremist news portal also attacks the dual citizenship act in close cooperation with “hostile forces” aiming to discredit the citizenship law.
The real reason that the enemies of the Hungarian nation attacking the newly appointed foreign minister is because Szjjártó opposing sanctions against Russia. Due to the sanctions Hungary suffers significant financial losses. The Hungarian economy loses 300 thousand euros per day while there are no signs that the sanctions helped resolving the Ukrainian crises; instead, hostilities have flared up and we are further away from solving the Ukrainian crisis than ever before. Europe is suffering as its economies are suffering (due to sanctions) and you can see that the policy of sanctions in the long-run destroys Europe said Szijjártó soon after he was appointed as the new foreign minister of the country.
Washington, October 21, 2014 - Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó meets the leaders of General Motors (GM) in Washington. MTI Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade / Szémann Tamás
American attempts to undermine the reputation of the Hungarian government in the international political arena will fail. Hungary's standing among its eastern friends is solid as they understand the motives behind the anti-Hungarian propaganda by the west; the anti-Hungarian smear campaign won't affect Hungary's reputation or bilateral ties with its eastern allies.