Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has challenged the harsh EU sanctions being placed on Russia, comparing the measures to a nuclear bomb that could backfire, sparking a food crisis and mass migration in Europe itself.
During a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad on Saturday, Orban made it clear that Budapest did not agree with the decisions made in Brussels regarding anti-Russia sanctions. The premier said the punitive measures were likely to damage Hungary, leading to price hikes and undermining the economy. The Hungarian prime minister went on to describe the “introduction of sanctions against Russia” as “equal to an atomic bomb,” as they could potentially lead to a situation where Hungary would not “be able to feed our people.” On top of that, he said recent developments could also result in a new migrant crisis.
The Hungarian leader warned of a “hard winter” ahead, because “we have galloping inflation, rising prices, famine is breaking out in many parts of the world, and we have a war in Ukraine.”
Orban added that both Hungary and Serbia have their fair share of problems – the former because of being an EU member state, the latter because of being outside the bloc.