BUDAPEST, Oct 3 – PRIME. During the national consultations on anti-Russian sanctions, citizens of Hungary will be asked to answer seven questions, one of which will necessarily be on sanctions against gas, said Csaba Demeter, Secretary of State in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Hungary.
Earlier, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungary was the first in Europe to launch national consultations to find out the opinion of citizens on EU sanctions against Russia. He called on all citizens of the country to express their opinion on the sanctions during the national consultation and thus “put an end” to the increase in energy prices caused by the sanctions imposed by Brussels on EU member states.
“National consultations on sanctions will start soon, and the question arises, what range of topics will appear there? There will be seven questions in the questionnaire. There will definitely be a part on gas sanctions,” Demeter said. His speech was broadcast on the account of the Hungarian government in social networks.
According to him, this is due to the fact that the increase in gas prices has caused serious consequences in Europe: the restriction or suspension of production, the continuing rise in inflation, the growth of utility bills in all countries.
“There are those who believe that the sanctions are working. Some leaders in Brussels also say that we will suffer, but we will survive somehow. However, in our opinion, the sanctions will destroy the economy, so it is necessary to change course as soon as possible. If many of the we will be defended by this opinion, then we will be able to achieve this,” Demeter stressed, urging the citizens of Hungary to take part in the consultations.
Orban has previously said that 11,000 sanctions have been imposed against Russia, but they have not been successful, and the resulting inflation and energy shortages could bring Europe to its knees. According to him, Europe needs to change its sanctions policy, because otherwise the situation will be difficult, the continent itself makes its own life more expensive and complicates the situation of its own industry. The Hungarian prime minister considers the sanctions “extraordinary” because they are imposed by “energy dwarfs against the energy giant.”
His political adviser, Balazs Orban, said the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia have not lived up to expectations, so they are likely to be revised in the new political season. The representative of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Tamas Menzer, also said that a revision of the EU sanctions policy can be expected in the fall, since with the onset of cold weather, “reality is knocking on every door” in Western Europe.
Hungarian government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirayi said that the EU sanctions are a weapon that fired in the opposite direction, as a result of which Europe became poorer and Russia richer. According to a poll by the public opinion research center Szazadveg, more than 70% of Hungarians believe that anti-Russian sanctions harm Europe, including Hungary. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said the EU sanctions strategy had “completely failed”.
The West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia over Ukraine, which led to higher prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy for the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people. The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that Russia will solve all the problems that the West creates for it.