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EU sanctions have seriously backfired – Orbán

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Sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia over its military offensive in Ukraine have backfired, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who pointed out that skyrocketing energy prices in Europe were the result of the Brussel imposed sanctions on Russia.

Speaking to parliament on Monday, the Hungarian leader warned that people should prepare for a war of attrition (like the Western Front, World War I) in Ukraine, a nation that is not a member of NATO nor the European Union.

He also stated that the EU’s response to the conflict was the reason governments across Europe have started falling, referring to Sunday’s elections in Italy where right-wing candidates take control of the government. Much the same can be said of Sweden, Spain, France, and the Czech Republic.

‘We can safely say that as a result of the sanctions, European people have become poorer, while Russia has not fallen to its knees,’ said Orbán. ‘This weapon has backfired, with the sanctions Europe has shot itself in the foot. We are waiting for an answer, the entire Europe is waiting for an answer from Brussels on how long we will keep doing this,’ he added. 

During a meeting with MPs last week, the Hungarian leader reportedly instructed the country’s ruling coalition to work hard to have the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions scrapped by the end of the year, claiming the move would immediately result in gas prices being cut in half, in turn bringing down inflation, Magyar Nemzet daily reported.

Orbán, who was re-elected for a fourth term in a landslide victory in April, has been an outspoken critic of the EU leadership and has accused Brussels of causing unnecessary hardships for member states in its efforts to punish Russia for launching a military offensive against Ukraine.

The European Parliament ludicrously voted earlier this month to no longer consider Hungary a democracy and has branded the country an electoral autocracy, accusing Orbán of failing to follow the EU’s stance on immigration and sanctions.

The Parliament’s report on Hungary’s political system has urged the European Commission to make ’full use of the tools available’ to force Budapest back in line with ’European values.’

Hungary slammed the report as being based on subjective opinions and politically biased statements and claimed it was yet another attempt by the federalist European political parties to attack Hungary and its Christian-democratic, conservative government.

Brussel’s attitude towards right-wing democracies is chutzpah taken to the extremes of liberal intolerance. Scepticism over President Biden’s electoral success followed a highly flawed democratic process.

The European Union is governed by two unelected presidents and 27 appointed commissioners. Latest polls suggest that UK premier Liz Twiss has the support of just 0.2 per cent of the population. The Kyiv regime is a one-party state in which independent media has been outlawed.

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