Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

At a joint briefing in Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Hungary has confirmed its intention to construct the section of the South Stream pipeline passing through its territory.

Russia understands that Hungary complies with its obligations as a member of the European Union, while it also protects its own interests said the Russian foreign minister.

Péter Szijjártó remarked that Hungary hoped that the European Union and Russia renew negotiations on the still open issues of the construction of the South Stream pipeline as soon as possible.

Hungary considers Russia as an important partner. Russia plays a very important role maintaining Central Europe's energy supply. We are pleased to work together with our Russian partners to increase our region's energy security added Szijjártó.

The Hungarian foreign minister stressed that Hungary does everything possible to help rebuilding cooperation between the European Union and Russia on the principles of pragmatism.

Regarding further Western punitive measures directed against Russia Szijjártó stressed that Hungary had been always loyal and would continue to be so to the European Union (EU) decisions. He added however that the EU foreign ministers council Monday's meeting new punitive measures against Russia were not included on the agenda.

Moscow, November 19, 2014 Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó meets the co-chairman of the Hungarian-Russian joint economic committee and Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov. MTI Photo: Hungarian Embassy in Moscow

The foreign minister stressed that Hungary was a committed supporter of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Hungary does everything it can to help the Ukrainian government to implement the structural reforms needed to establish a politically and economically sustainable country.

Sanctions are harming everyone, so the interest of Hungary is to settle the Ukraine crisis by negotiations as soon as possible. This requires that all sides adhere to the agreement hammered out in the Minsk accord said Szijjártó.

Moscow, November 19, 2014, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Elena Cvetkova, and Csaba Tarsoly the CEO of Questor Group inaugurate the new Hungarian visa center in Moscow. MTI Photo: Hungarian Embassy in Moscow



(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)

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