The Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, has criticized the European Union’s response to the Ukraine crisis, claiming that it is causing the world to fragment. Speaking on the sidelines of the Belt and Road summit in Hong Kong, Szijjarto argued that the EU’s approach to the conflict has resulted in the global division of nations into blocs once again.
According to Szijjarto, instead of isolating the war in Ukraine, Brussels has, in fact, globalized it. He believes that a lack of communication between opposing countries has led to a breakdown in peace efforts and has caused economic damage to states that benefit from good East-West relations, such as Hungary.
In contrast to the EU’s response, Szijjarto praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its goal of bringing the world together for mutual prosperity and security. He stated that Hungary welcomes China’s presence and believes that initiatives like the BRI have the potential to unify states.
Szijjarto also criticized rich Western European nations for their hypocritical approach to the Chinese economy. While these countries discuss decoupling from China or derisking due to political concerns, they are quietly seeking Chinese investment, just like smaller nations. Szijjarto argued that this hypocrisy is possible because these countries can afford it.
In contrast, Hungary openly states its foreign policy and warns that if decoupling from China were to succeed, it would have detrimental effects on the European economy. The Hungarian government has consistently criticized the Western response to the Ukrainian conflict since its beginning. It has called for peace talks and opposed sanctioning Russia and arming Ukraine, taking a different stance from most EU nations and the US.
The EU’s handling of the Ukraine crisis has not only caused fragmentation but also raised concerns about the potential impact on the European economy. As tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue, and debates over decoupling from China persist, it remains to be seen how these issues will be resolved and whether initiatives like the BRI can play a role in unifying nations for mutual prosperity and security.