Hungary has yet to “play its part” and decide whether to show unity with the European Union by sanctioning Russia while the bloc works on its sixth round of proposals, a senior EU diplomat said on Friday.
Speaking to journalists during a press conference in Brussels, the diplomat said the proposed sixth round of sanctions would include an oil embargo to “have a lasting impact on Russia’s ability to make money and pay the high costs”.
The diplomat said the proposal still needs refinement as most European countries “need to phase out oil, and there are obviously realistic economic considerations that should be taken into account and the availability of alternatives obviously varies from member state to member state.” “
“So we have to … resolve these concerns one way or another,” the diplomat added.
The diplomat said they understood that there is an “existential oil dependency on Russia as far as Hungary is concerned”.
“The Commission comes up with proposals and at some point you have to bite the bullet, you know, and see where you want to be in it and we hope that Hungary will be more willing,” the diplomat said.
“Reasonable proposals” have been made to Hungary, the diplomat said, adding that the country must decide where it stands “so that we can continue to have this important EU entity and send the same signals to Russia that it ends the war.” should effort,” said the diplomat.
“Negotiations are ongoing every day, including weekends. So I don’t know where this will end,” the diplomat said.
On Wednesday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said Hungary would only vote for EU sanctions on Russian oil if the bloc found solutions to the problems it was about to start with.
“We made it clear to the European Commission that we can only vote for this proposal if Brussels offers a solution to the problems that Brussels would create,” Szijjártó said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday.
“We are anticipating a solution, not just in terms of redesigning our refineries, which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, not just in terms of increasing oil pipeline capacity [that runs] across Croatia to Hungary, which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but also in terms of the future of the Hungarian economy, because as I said before, this current proposal is like a ‘nuclear bomb’ for the Hungarian economy,” continued Szijjártó.
CNN’s Niamh Kennedy and Boglarka Kosztoanyi in London and Mayumi Maruyama in Tokyo contributed previous reports to this post.
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