Orbán calls for lifting EU sanctions on Russia by year end

Orbán calls for lifting EU sanctions on Russia by year end



Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wants EU sanctions on Russia lifted by the year end, adding the restrictive measures are causing inflation and economic crisis.


Speaking at a meeting of Hungary's ruling party, Viktor Orbán called on all members of the Fidesz party to "do everything possible to make the EU withdraw sanctions against Russia by the end of the year." 


According to Orbán, EU officials "forced" the sanctions on Europe earlier this year, turning a "local conflict" into a "global economic war."


However, if sanctions were lifted, the inflation would drop by 50%, the prime minister added.


Earlier this week, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said further sanctions would only "deepen the difficulties".


"Europe is suffering more from the restrictions than Russia, and therefore the eighth sanctions package should be forgotten," he said at the UN General Assembly in New York

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