Orban says EU has crossed a red line over oil embargo
The Hungarian prime minister compared the ban on the supply of Russian oil to “an atomic bomb that they want to drop on the Hungarian economy”, and demanded a five-year delay from Brussels embargo
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Speaking about the EU's intention to impose an embargo on Russian oil, he said that Brussels had crossed a red line. He said this in an interview with radio Kossuth, his words are quoted by the portal 24.hu.
The head of government compared the ban on the supply of Russian raw materials to “an atomic bomb that they want to drop on the Hungarian economy.” It will take “years” to rebuild the country's energy sector, he pointed out.
Orban, in his own words, was still ready to agree to the first five packages of sanctions against Russia, but restrictive measures affecting energy , considers already a “red line” for Hungary.
“They [the EU countries] have crossed that red line, [the ban on the supply of] coal may not affect Hungary. But they continue. You must stop here, — said the prime minister.
Orban demands from the EU a five-year delay in the embargo, and not the year that the EU is ready to grant, Bloomberg reports, citing him.
Earlier Orban, speaking about his country's dependence on the supply of Russian energy resources, pointed out that, for example, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria are “in the same shoes with Hungary.” If oil and gas do not come from Russia, the question arises of the existence of the Hungarian economy, he noted.
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A gradual ban on the import of Russian oil is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. They want to make an exception for Hungary and Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic are counting on the same.
As the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen reported, the EU intends to refuse the supply of Russian crude oil within six months, and the import of petroleum products— by the end of the year.
The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the possible refusal of the EU from Russian oil, warned that this decision would “hit everyone”. At the same time, the United States, which had previously refused supplies, according to him, will remain on its own and “will feel much better than the Europeans.”
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