Anti-Russia sanctions cause seroius economic damage

"The Hungarian government's job is to primarily focus on the interests of the Hungarian national economy rather than those of the European Union and the United States of America" stated Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi, the vice chairman of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee in his press conference held in front of the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday.

The MP says the government's position concerning the anti-Russia sanctions clearly shows that "there is a huge gap between the words and the deeds of the Fidesz government." He added that "the freedom-fighter rhetoric and the defiant stance are in fact part of political marketing."

This week, the European Union is expected to make a decision whether to extend the anti-Russia sanctions for next year as well. Jobbik's MP reminded the media that his party made it quite clear right upon the first such decision last year that this sanction policy was definitely against the interests of Hungary's national economy and that the anti-Russia trade war of economic sanctions provoked by the West caused a damage to each EU member state.

"We are very happy that, following Jobbik, Viktor Orbán recently admitted that Hungary shot itself in the foot by this sanction policy," said Gyöngyösi, adding that the economic figures clearly demonstrated the truth of his statement. "Briefing the foreign affairs committee last week, Péter Szíjjártó admitted that Hungary's Russian export had dropped by 21 per cent in the first 9 months of the year, in other words up to October, according to the statistical figures" he explained.

In Gyöngyösi's view, the drop proves that "Hungary has suffered astounding economic losses" due to the short-sighted war of sanctions. He also noted that Hungary would now have the opportunity to find allies for ending the sanction policy.

As an example, Jobbik's politician mentioned Italy, whose prime minister Matteo Renzi vetoed the anti-Russia sanctions last week. Even though the head of the Italian government agreed to extend the restrictions striking at the Russian economy at the G20 summit, Tiziana d'Angelo, the spokeswoman for the Italian mission to the EU, after the meeting of envoys last Wednesday, said: "We have asked for a discussion on the matter."

Listing potential anti-sanction allies, Gyöngyösi mentioned Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and pointed out that there were critical voices in Germany and France as well.

Jobbik calls upon the Hungarian government to do its best so that our nation's economic interest be given priority over the EU's uniform position or the geostrategic interests of the United States of America. Gyöngyösi expressed his conviction that there were underlying US interests behind the EU's position.

The European Union decided to implement anti-Russia sanctions last July, in connection with the Ukraine conflict. The access of Russian banks and corporations to the European capital market is limited, while the export of weapons and dual-purpose products fit for military use as well as certain energy-related technology to Russia is banned. In June, the member states decided to extend the sanctions up to 31st January 2016.


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