US may impose sanctions on Hungarian officials for anti-American stance on April 12
The US may soon announce sanctions against Hungarian "influential citizens" amid a significant deterioration in bilateral relations and criticism of the actions of the Hungarian government of Viktor Orban
The Hungarian media outlet 444.hu reported the information, citing several diplomatic sources.
The announcement of sanctions may allegedly take place as early as Wednesday, April 12, as a press conference by US Ambassador to Hungary David Pressman is scheduled for that day. The embassy has not announced what the diplomat will talk about.
According to the outlet’s sources, the 2014 situation may repeat itself, when the US banned 8 Hungarian current and former officials amid deteriorating relations between Washington and Budapest.
The outlet says that the US and Hungary have had more and more diplomatic conflicts in recent months, primarily related to attacks on an American ambassador.
For example, in early February, Pressman sharply criticized the Hungarian government, which talks about promoting peace but continues to express views shared by Putin.
And recently, he pointed out the double standards of Orban, who publicly supported Donald Trump, criminally indicted in the US, on Twitter. Although he claimed that he did not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
Back in early April, Pressman himself said in an interview with the Népszava portal that his position reflected that of the US government, and that the campaign against him in the Hungarian media, according to Washington, was authorized by the Hungarian government.
Earlier, on April 11, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó made a deal regarding uninterrupted supplies of natural gas and crude oil with Russia during his visit to Moscow.