NATO state opposes Russia sanctions & Ukraine no-fly zone

Hungary has declined to support new European sanctions on Russia, arguing that its energy supply is not an “ideological” issue Read Full Article at RT.com

NATO state opposes Russia sanctions & Ukraine no-fly zone
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NATO state opposes Russia sanctions & Ukraine no-fly zone

Hungary said its energy supply is not an “ideological question” after it declined to support potential penalties on Russian oil

Hungary’s top diplomat said his country would not support new economic sanctions on Russian energy firms, arguing the move could backfire, and warned that no-fly zone proposals for Ukraine risk sparking off a larger regional conflict. 

“An agreement on possible EU sanctions against Russian energy supplies or their interruption will most likely not be reached,” he said, adding that “We will not support any sanctions that could pose a risk to energy supplies to Hungary.”

Some countries are dependent on Russian energy supplies. We don't do this for fun. Energy supply is not a philosophical or ideological question, but a physical, mathematical one.

“split” on the issue after Monday’s summit, according to Reuters.

While Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney argued that it’s “very hard to make the case that we shouldn't be moving in on [Russia’s] energy sector” given “the extent of the destruction in Ukraine,” he faced pushback from not only Hungary, but Germany and the Netherlands as well.

“The question of an oil embargo is not a question of whether we want or don't want [it], but a question of how much we depend on oil,” Berlin’s foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, told reporters, noting that some EU states cannot simply “stop the oil imports from one day to the other.”

“clearly” as there is a “new war risk.”

“We must avoid that. Hungary’s interest is clear: Hungary wants to stay out of this war, we will stick to NATO’s common position and reject proposals that risk either an air war or an extended war on the ground,” he added.

“stay out” of the conflict and has repeatedly refused to support weapons shipments. 

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to regularize the status of the regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.