Hungarian FM: Trump Re-Election, Right-Wing EU Shift Could End Ukraine War

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó believes a right-wing shift in the US and Europe could end the Ukraine war through diplomacy. Hungary and Serbia are courting major Chinese investments, diverging from the EU's efforts to "de-risk" from China.

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Hungarian FM: Trump Re-Election, Right-Wing EU Shift Could End Ukraine War

Hungarian FM: Trump Re-Election, Right-Wing EU Shift Could End Ukraine War

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó believes that the re-election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and a right-wing turn in the European Parliament could lead to an end to the war in Ukraine. Szijjártó emphasized that diplomacy is the only solution to the conflict, not battlefield victories.

Why this matters: The Hungarian Foreign Minister's statement highlights the potential for a shift in global politics to impact the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which has significant implications for regional and global stability. A peaceful resolution to the conflict could also have a ripple effect on other geopolitical tensions and conflicts.

The European Union's approach to the Ukraine-Russia conflict has faced criticism for being pro-war, prioritizing military aid to Ukraine over promoting peace. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been a vocal advocate for a peaceful resolution, arguing that the conflict should be localized to prevent escalation into a larger war.

The EU's involvement in the conflict has escalated significantly, from sending helmets to imposing sanctions on energy carriers and providing financial aid packages totaling around €100 billion. Despite these efforts, the situation has only worsened, with Orbán warning, "We are one step away from the West sending soldiers to Ukraine. This is a war vortex that could drag Europe into the abyss."

In contrast to the EU's pro-war stance, some European leaders have spoken out against escalating the conflict. Former German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht initially opposed sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, citing the need to avoid fueling the conflict. However, this stance was short-lived, and the EU eventually adopted a more aggressive approach.

Szijjártó's statement comes as Hungary and Serbia are courting major Chinese investments, going against the trend of most EU countries that are trying to "de-risk" their economies from perceived threats posed by China. During a recent meeting in Budapest, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the formation of an "all-weather partnership" that would usher in a new era of economic cooperation.

Several deals were reached during the meeting, including a joint Hungarian-Chinese railway bypass around Budapest, a high-speed train link between Budapest and its international airport, expanding cooperation in the nuclear industry, China's help in building out Hungary's network of electric vehicle charging stations, and the construction of an oil pipeline between Hungary and Serbia.

Zsuzsanna Vegh, a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund and visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, believes that these deals signal that China sees Hungary as a key and reliable ally in the EU as it seeks to reverse Europe's efforts to de-risk its economies from China.

As the war in Ukraine continues, the Hungarian government remains committed to finding a peaceful solution through diplomacy. Szijjártó's belief that a shift towards right-wing leadership in the U.S. and Europe could bring an end to the conflict highlights the differing approaches to resolving the crisis within the international community.

Key Takeaways

  • Hungarian FM Szijjártó believes Trump's re-election and EU's right-wing shift could end Ukraine war.
  • EU's approach to Ukraine-Russia conflict has been criticized for prioritizing military aid over peace.
  • Hungary and Serbia are courting major Chinese investments, defying EU's "de-risking" efforts.
  • Hungary and China formed an "all-weather partnership" with deals on railways, nuclear industry, and more.
  • Hungarian government remains committed to finding a peaceful solution to Ukraine war through diplomacy.