This year, the European Commission came up with a proposal to stop oil imports from Russia. The proposal was made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday. However, Hungary could not agree to that.
Hungarian government spokesman Joltan Kovacs told AFP and Reuters they had no plans to suspend oil imports from Russia.
He says there is no plan or assurance in the current proposal on how to do it (bringing oil from an alternative source in Russia). There was no word on how Hungary’s energy security will be ensured.
“So are you directly rejecting the EU proposal?” The Hungarian government’s press office did not respond to a request for comment.
The proposal, made by the head of the European Commission, has reached AFP. There is talk of giving more time to Hungary and Slovakia, which depend heavily on Russian oil, for the sanctions to take effect.
Meanwhile, the ambassadors of the 28 member states of the EU alliance are going to sit down for talks today on the proposal of Ursula von der Leyen. This is because the member states need to reach a consensus before implementing the EU resolution.
However, Hungary and Slovakia have stated in the past that they will not support EU sanctions on Russia. Because, except Russia, they have no alternative country to import oil and gas. Hungary imports 75 percent of its oil and 75 percent of its gas from Russia.
In recent years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has developed close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The reason, he says, is that his country is heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas.