Hungary Says Threatened by EU over Ukraine

Hungary Says Threatened by EU over Ukraine

Orban adviser: Hungary received threats from EU for refusing to finance Kiev

The European Union has threatened to hit Hungary’s economy for refusing to approve financial aid to Ukraine, an adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Balazs Orban said in an interview with Austrian publication Exxpress.

The journalist asked Orban to comment on a Financial Times publication according to which the EU plans to undermine Hungary’s economy if it refuses to approve financial aid to Kiev.

“The situation was serious. When the EU heads of state and government spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, they informed him of this very threat,” the Prime Minister’s advisor confirmed.

Earlier, the FT reported, citing an EU document in its possession, that the European Union could sabotage Hungary’s economy and block European funds due to it if it does not lift its veto on aid to Kiev at a summit in Brussels on 1 February. The strategy targets Hungary’s “economic weaknesses” and is designed to jeopardize its currency.

In his turn, Hungarian EU Affairs Minister Janos Boka said that Budapest would not give in to the EU’s “blackmail” on the issue of allocating an aid package to Ukraine.

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