War between Ukraine and Russiacase
After the visit of a Hungarian delegation to Moscow, Russia announced that it is studying the possibility of supplying additional gas to Hungary, a country which, however, is obliged to apply European sanctions to the country at war.
There is a risk of even more water in the gas between the European Union and Russia. In question, the visit to Moscow of a Hungarian delegation this Wednesday, which, despite European sanctions, intends to increase its gas supply to the country at war with Ukraine.
700 million cubic meters of additional natural gas. This is the volume for which Hungarian President Viktor Orban is willing to sell sanctions against Russia, which he nevertheless voted alongside his European partners. This Wednesday, the head of Hungarian diplomacy, Peter Szijjarto, visited the Russian capital to discuss the potential contract, which would add to the 4.5 billion cubic meters delivered annually to Budapest before the conflict in Ukraine. The goal is “ensure the security of Hungary’s energy supply “in the coming months“Said Peter Szijjarto, reputed to be close to the Kremlin. “It is simply impossible to obtain this surplus without the Russian contribution, it is a fact. We can give false hope, we can dream, we can blow the wind, but facts and physical reality are stubborn“, he insisted.
“Today, our colleagues reported the Hungarian government’s interest in a new purchase of natural gas this year. This request will be immediately transmitted and studied“, hastened to declare Sergei Lavrov during a joint press conference in Moscow. Subsequently, Russia announced “studying» possibility of additional gas deliveries starting this year. So Peter Szijjarto will soon meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, one of Russia’s energy sector strongmen. A way of driving a wedge in European solidarity.
This visit comes, in fact, a day after the presentation by Brussels of a plan that aims to reduce by 15% the European demand for gas to overcome the drop in Russian deliveries and free itself from Moscow. But Budapest, which is nevertheless part of the European Union, maintains an ambiguous position towards Russia. The landlocked central European country, which imports 65% of its oil from Russia and 80% of its gas, says it is concerned about the risk of shortages. Autocrat Viktor Orban, who rules the country with an iron fist, admitted to voting in favor of sanctions alongside his European Union partners, but blocked a Russian oil embargo plan for weeks, speaking of “atomic bomb” released into your economy. Since then, he has continued to blame this policy of sanctions, which he accuses of being responsible for the deterioration of the Hungarian situation.
Moscow, isolated in the international scene, sees its interest in this situation of dependence and a means of regret in the confrontation with the European Union. Sergei Lavrov also praised the relations between Moscow and Budapest during the joint press conference: “I really appreciate our relationship. Our discussions today confirmed its enduring and strategic nature. And we will develop them in every way possible“. Russia will not allow European sanctions.”interfere with our cooperation, and we will seek solutions to make our cooperation in all areas immune to such whims and attempts at punishment“, he added. treacherously.