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This week’s UN General Assembly would have been a perfect opportunity to start peace talks on the war in Ukraine, but it is unlikely to happen, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary was the only one who met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, according to Agerpres.

“Peace will not be achieved without dialogue” and negotiations with Moscow, the Hungarian minister insisted, as Zoltan Kovacs, secretary of state for international affairs, sent on Twitter on Friday.

Kovacs personally confirmed that Szijjarto was the only one of the 27 EU foreign affairs chiefs who met with Lavrov during the General Assembly in New York.

The minister himself posted on his Facebook page video images from his meeting with Lavrov, in which he insisted on the need to negotiate with Russia to end the war caused by its invasion of Ukraine, according to EFE.

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As a neighboring country to Ukraine, Hungary is exposed to the consequences of war, such as inflation and waves of refugees, he said. The solution would be to ensure a negotiated peace at the negotiation table, which Hungary is pursuing, added the Hungarian minister.

At the end of the fourth day of the annual session in New York, “we have to say with regret that such discussions will not take place at the UN General Assembly, which would have been a perfect opportunity”, said the head Hungarian diplomacy.

“At home, opposition MPs, experts and the press will probably ask me why I met with Lavrov. But I say that peace will not be negotiated without dialogue. If peace talks do not start in the near future, the world will face with even more serious consequences than the ones so far,” he warned.

Szijjarto: Hungary must continue to receive energy resources from Russia

Szijjarto also insisted on the fact that Hungary must continue to receive energy resources from Russia this winter. “You may like it or not, but it’s a fact,” he exclaimed.

At the same time, the Hungarian minister indicated that the Russian energy giant Gazprom supplies Hungary without interruption, delivering 5.8 million cubic meters of gas daily, by virtue of a recent agreement to supply additional quantities of gas than stipulated in the contract initial.

He added that TurkStream is now the safest gas transit route between Russia and Europe, while supplies from the north and west have practically stopped.

Gas storage in Hungary is close to 41% of annual consumption, he said, while the European average would be 23%, according to MTI.

“Hungary pursues a responsible energy policy”, said the Hungarian foreign minister, according to whom a predictable cooperation with Russia and Gazprom is in its national interest.

Szijjarto also said that the new reactor blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant, which are expected to be commissioned in 2030, will make Hungary partially independent from the vagaries and price increases of the international energy market.

The Hungarian government not only opposes the ban by the European Union on gas and oil purchases from Russia, but also calls for the lifting of all sanctions imposed against Moscow in retaliation for its aggression against Ukraine.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an ultra-nationalist politician, told a closed-door meeting of his Fidesz party this week that EU sanctions have made gas more expensive and fueled inflation, pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet reported.

Viktor Orban is the only remaining ally of Vladimir Putin in the European Union.

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