Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that thousands of sanctions slapped on Russia by the West have not worked as intended, and instead threaten to plunge Europe into a severe crisis of unprecedented proportions.
“Currently there are 11,000 sanctions in place against Russia, but attempts to weaken the Russians have not been successful. On the contrary, severe inflation and energy shortages caused by the sanctions could bring Europe to its knees,” Orban said in an address in Budapest on Thursday.
Orban said he was not sure how long Brussels would continue its policy, but warned that if the bloc doesn’t change course, the situation in Europe will only get worse, because the region has “run out of energy.”
The Hungarian PM assured that his nation would not suffer the types of energy shortages being faced by its neighbors. “This is not a prediction, but a statement of fact: There will be gas and enough electricity in Hungary. That is, there will be no need to shut down any factories due to energy shortages. There will be enough energy for everyone, and anyone who wants to invest and produce here can do so,” he stressed, as quoted by Sputnik news agency.
Orban also promised that his government would continue to “fight the fundamentalist greens and the bureaucrats involved in geopolitical games,” and to “convince them not to exclude various energy sources” from the energy balance.
The PM blasted Brussels’ carbon neutrality agenda, emphasizing that “few continents are in a situation as difficult as Europe” as far as energy security is concerned, but that “only this continent is making its own life so difficult.”
Hungary has managed to avoid the worst of the energy crisis that’s pummeling its neighbors by refusing to slap the same kinds of restrictions on Russian oil and gas supplies that its European Union partners have.