Orbán cabinet calls for pipeline deliveries to be exempted from EU oil embargo


The Hungarian government is calling for pipeline deliveries to be exempted from European Union sanctions on Russian energy deliveries because the European Commission has not made a proposal that would ameliorate the harmful effects of an oil embargo Russian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday.

Szijjártó said in a video posted on Facebook that Brussels’ proposal, if accepted in its current form, would “completely demolish” Hungary’s currently stable energy security.

The measures would cause fuel prices to rise by 55-60%, driving gasoline prices by around 700 forints ($1.8) and diesel by around 800 forints a litre, he said. .

“We have made it clear that we can only vote for the proposal if Brussels comes up with a solution to the problem they have created,”

says Szijjarto.

“We are expecting proposals regarding the modernization of our refineries and an increase in the capacity of the pipeline through Croatia for hundreds of millions of dollars, as well as regarding the future of the Hungarian economy, because the proposal in its current form is equivalent to a nuclear bomb,”

he said.

The talks so far have made it clear that “Brussels has no solutions to these problems”, he said.

The Hungarian government will therefore maintain its position that sanctions against Russian oil can only concern shipping routes, he said.

As we wrote yesterday, the Croatian Foreign Ministry summoned the Hungarian Ambassador to Zagreb, find out why

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Source: MTI


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