Hungarian Foreign Minister calls on EU to address implications of Russia sanctions

The European Union should not focus on adopting a ninth sanctions package against Russia, but on the consequences of the previous eight, which have caused extreme damage to European economies, the Hungarian Foreign Minister said on Tuesday. Foreigners, Peter Szijjarto.

BUDAPEST (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 15, 2022) The European Union should not focus on adopting a ninth sanctions package against Russia, but on the consequences of the previous eight, which have caused extreme damage to the European economies, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday.

“Sanctions definitely don’t work. So far, sanctions have hurt those who imposed them more than those against whom they were imposed. I think now is the time to review the whole policy of sanctions and not to deal with the ninth package of sanctions, but with what the previous eight have led to in Europe,” Szijjarto told a press conference.

The minister also said that some of the discussion at the EU Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting “was conducted in a way that leaves no room for common sense and quiet debate.”

“Yesterday (at a meeting of the Council of EU Foreign Ministers), some colleagues said that the EU never expected sanctions to help end the war (in Ukraine) And then the question is: what did we expect? Because we see that the European economy is suffering, we see that the sanctions against inflation, the sanctions against energy prices have caused extraordinary difficulties in a number of countries.

If we hadn’t set a sanctions target to end the war, what would we be doing? I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy here,” Szijjarto added.

On September 8, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that 11,000 sanctions had been imposed on Russia, but that they had not been successful and that the inflation and energy shortages caused by them could put the Europe on its knees. He also urged Europe to change its sanctions policy to avoid a crisis. On September 14, a senior Hungarian official said the EU must reconsider its sanctions policy in the fall due to cold weather.

Western countries have increased sanctions pressure on Russia since the start of the special operation in Ukraine. Disruptions to supply chains have led to higher fuel and food prices in the EU, as well as the US, driving inflation to record highs and driving up the cost of living.