Orbán: What is happening in Brussels and Washington can be described as preparation for Europe's entry into war


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today that preparations are underway in Brussels for working groups on how NATO could participate in the Russian-Ukrainian war and that there are alarming similarities between this and the period when preparations were made for the First and Second World Wars.

What is happening today in Brussels and Washington, or at the moment more in Brussels than in Washington, is creating a mood for a possible military conflict, which we could describe as a preparation for Europe's entry into the war, he said.

Regarding Hungary's situation in that context, Orbán said that Hungary as a member of NATO has representatives in those groups, "but we do not want to participate in the conflict, neither by financial contribution nor by sending weapons, even to NATO."

In the history of NATO, there has never been a situation where a member state would adhere so openly and clearly to NATO's basic principles as Hungary is doing now, Orbán told Kossuth radio, adding that Hungary must therefore "redefine its positions in the military alliance."

He added that fears that Russia would attack a NATO member are unfounded, adding that the war in Ukraine, which has been going on for three years now, has shown the limits of Russia's capabilities.

"The Russian army is waging a serious and difficult war with the Ukrainians," Orban said in an interview with public radio. "If the Russians were strong enough to defeat the Ukrainians in one fell swoop, they would have done it already.

Orban said that NATO's military capabilities far exceed those of Ukraine, so it is unlikely that Russia or any other country would attack NATO.

I don't think it's logical that Russia, which can't even defeat Ukraine, should suddenly come and swallow the whole western world. The chances of that are extremely small, Orban said.

Orban said he saw the mention of the Russian threat as a prelude to deeper Western involvement in the Ukrainian war.

Hungary, a member of the European Union and NATO, refuses to provide military aid to Ukraine in defense against a Russian invasion that began in February 2022. Budapest also wants to withdraw from NATO's long-term aid plan for Ukraine, which its foreign minister has called a "crazy mission".


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