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Submitted by JP on Fri, 02/25/2022 - 20:24
Bucharest Nine summit in Warsaw

– Hungary strongly condemns the Russian attack on Ukraine – Hungarian President János Áder said at a meeting on Friday of the extraordinary Bucharest Nine summit in Warsaw. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also took part in this meeting.

Photo by PAP/Andrzej Lange

Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the start of a meeting on Friday that „passive condemnation” of Russia's attack on Ukraine was insufficient and that Ukraine needs support, including the provision of arms. 

On Friday the European Union had frozen the assets of Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in response to the invasion of Ukraine, adding the two names to the EU sanctions list. – The EU showed unity and Hungary was part of it – Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Friday. Péter Szijjártó emphasized that a lie appeared during the day from the president of the European People's Party Donald Tusk, who claimed that some EU countries, including Hungary, had prevented Russia from being banned from SWIFT. – This has not happened, Hungary has not spoken out on this issue – Szijjártó said. At a press conference, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger also briefly refuted a report from a journalist saying that Italians and Hungarians in the Council of the European Union had prevented Russia from separating from SWIFT. – I was there at the meeting – Heger stressed.