Hungarian Foreign Minister welcomed Serbia's refusal of anti-Russian sanctions

Hungarian Foreign Minister welcomed Serbia's refusal of anti-Russian sanctions

Hungarian Foreign Minister welcomed Serbia's waiver of anti-Russian sanctions

Photo: Peter Szijjarto /from open sources 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto said that the leadership of the republic fully understands why the Serbian authorities do not support the anti-Russian sanctions of the West. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Peter Szijjarto, to the Serbian news agency  Tanjug during his visit to Belgrade on a working visit at the summit of the cross-border economic initiative Open Balkan.

"If Serbia were a member of the European Union  (EU), these measures would not be in question. There is a Hungarian saying: “sins from the past have long shadows.” This means that the EU already could and should have accepted Serbia, and if it did, we would not have a debate about this (sanctions)”, — Szijjarto said.

According to him, Belgrade is not taking restrictive measures against Moscow, including because of the supply of Russian gas.

At the end of August, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic  that the republic buys gas from Russia “at a fantastic price”, receiving 2 billion cubic meters of fuel from Russia.

BAGNET notes that Szijjarto said last week that the country signed an agreement with "Gazprom" about delivery from September 1 to 5.8 million cubic meters of gas per day in excess of the contract. The fuel will be sent through "Turkish Stream" and Serbia.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga