Espreso. Global

Ukraine should view Hungary as strategic opponent, potential threat — international expert

30 January, 2024 Tuesday

Hungary is a timid version of Russia that consistently acts to the detriment of Ukraine's interests

Political scientist and international expert Maksym Nesvitailov expressed this opinion on the Espreso TV channel.

"Hungary is just a timid version of Russia. Ukraine should consider Hungary as a strategic opponent and perhaps even a potential threat, despite the fact that Hungary is a member of the European Union and NATO," he said.

Hungary has consistently acted to hurt Ukraine's interests. This is manifested not only in the fact that they veto or call on European countries not to provide Ukraine with weapons, Nesvitalov noted.

"Orban even sent his lobbyists to the United States to prevent the supply of weapons to Ukraine. So it looks like a clear consistent position. I do not believe that it can change through any negotiations," the international expert said.

Hungary pursued the same policy as the Russian Federation. The only difference was the scale, because they have less money, and a certain level of courage. After all, they do not have such powerful armed forces and do not have nuclear weapons. This is the only thing that limits them in certain actions, Nesvitailov said.

"Their imperial sentiments have not disappeared, it is inherent in Orban personally, his government, and a significant part of the population. We all remember the scarf with the image of 'Greater Hungary', which depicts the territory of Ukraine. In Orban's office, if I'm not mistaken, there is a map of Greater Hungary, which also includes the territory of Ukraine. At one time, they used a lot of lies and manipulations about Ukraine in their textbooks, and there were scandals on several occasions. They, like Russia, gave their passports illegally in Prykarpattia and Zakarpattia, as well as carried out linguistic and cultural expansion. The Hungarian national anthem was played in some village and town councils, flags were raised, etc.", the political scientist recalled.

That is why, according to him, it is possible to work with Hungary only through pressure.

Hungary blocks EU aid to Ukraine: details

On December 15, 2023, Viktor Orban vetoed the EU's decision on the EUR 50 billion budget assistance program for Ukraine.

On December 15, it was reported that the EU had found a way to circumvent Orban's blocking of EUR 50 billion in aid to Ukraine and set a date for an extraordinary summit.

On December 21, Orban came up with a new explanation for why he opposes Ukraine's accession to the EU. On the same day, he said he was ready to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On December 18, media reported that a special summit of the European Commission to discuss the allocation of EUR 50 billion for Ukraine for 4 years would take place on February 1, 2024.

On January 9, it was reported that Hungary might lift its veto on the EUR 50 billion EU aid package to Ukraine, provided that the funding is reviewed annually.

On January 10, despite Hungary's opposition, Brussels voted to start negotiations with the European Parliament on providing Ukraine with EUR 50 billion in macro-financial assistance for the next four years.

For his part, Orban assured that he was not against helping Ukraine in principle, but insisted that any funding for Ukraine should be separated from the EU budget and proportional to the economies of the member states.

After meeting with Viktor Orban in Budapest, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he supports his "legitimate" fight against changes to the EU budget to allocate EUR 50 billion to Ukraine.

On January 25, Bloomberg wrote that Hungary would not prevent the establishment of a EUR 5 billion EU military fund for Ukraine, which would allow it to initiate an agreement to modernize the mechanism of stable arms supplies to Kyiv.

On January 29, the European Union prepared an action plan against Hungary if it does not agree to provide aid to Ukraine. The main goal is to damage Budapest's economy and lift the veto.

Read also:
  • News
2024, Friday
23 February
Victorious news of 730th day of war: destroyed Russian Tor-M2 and Strela-10, €1.8bn in military support from Denmark
Ukraine’s forces target another Russian A-50 radar aircraft
Ukrainian army repels 18 Russian attacks in 5 directions - General Staff
DPRK supplies Russia with 1.5 million ammo produced in 1970s-1980s - Ukrainian intelligence
Canada announces additional sanctions against Russia
Russian army destroys almost 500 tons of grain overnight in Donetsk region
Ukrainian officials arrive at Poland's border, but do not meet with Polish counterparts
Russia’s missiles, attack drones kill at least four in Ukraine
Japan provides record aid to Ukraine, thus supporting US and EU - Zhevago
Ukrainians, your fight is our fight: Polish media thanks Ukraine for resisting Russian aggression
Ukraine war is giant Ponzi scheme: fake news for February 23
Russian forces use chemical weapons in Tavria sector - General Tarnavskyi
What long-range weapons can Germany provide to Ukraine?
Russia can use almost 300 combat aircraft against Ukraine - intelligence
Situation in eastern Ukraine isn't critical - Ukrainian military
Putin promises to give Transcarpathia to Orban as loyal ally - former Aidar battalion commander
Zelenskyy arrives in Lviv, signs security agreement with Danish PM Frederiksen
Biden announces new sanctions on Russia for second anniversary of full-scale invasion
Russian troops afraid to move around Avdiivka even after capturing city - military expert Zgurets
British intelligence explains why Putin needs to "clean up" information space in Russia
Scholz holds key: Military expert Zgurets reveals number of Taurus missiles Ukraine could acquire
Zelenskyy names reasons for Zaluzhnyi's resignation and change of military command
Pro-Soviet narratives imposed on deported Ukrainian children in camps in Belarus - Skhemy
 OSCE opens Living The War exhibition on Russian war crimes
Ukrainian drone development during war and UAV strikes on Russian troops. Column by Serhiy Zgurets
Putin prepares to annex Transnistria
EU countries seek to raise $1.5 billion to buy ammunition for Ukraine — media
Moldova faces serious challenges of 'PMR' annexation to Russia, Ukraine must be prepared - Ukrainian officer Lapin
Russia is becoming more open about repressions of Ukrainians in occupied territories - ISW
Russia loses 1,000 soldiers, 49 artillery systems and 32 UAVs per day in Ukraine - General Staff
Russian troops regroup in Avdiivka direction after significant losses - NGU spokesman
US to impose sanctions on over 500 Russian targets on second anniversary of full-scale invasion - media
"World is not really ready for Putin to lose power": Zelenskyy answers when war will end
2024, Thursday
22 February
Victorious news of 729th day of war: weapons for Ukraine to strike behind enemy lines, Russia’s mass casualties at training ground
Russian troops try to breach Ukraine’s defense 31 times in Marinka direction, storm left bank’s bridgehead
Putin considers Biden's calling him a 'crazy SOB' as 'adequate reaction'
UN confirms over 30,000 civilian casualties in Ukraine as result of Russian aggression
Navalny's mother says authorities demand secret funeral, blackmailing her
Russia may unleash massive air assault on February 24: how many missiles, Shahed drones does it have?
Lavrov's plane denied refueling in Brazil: he will fly to meet with President da Silva as 'fellow traveler'
More news