RT: ‘Strategic rift’: Hungary PM criticizes EU partners trying to isolate Moscow . . . looks like someone else is stepping away from the EU :) ~J

Until I read this delightful article from the Wealth Watcher, The Newest Country to Defy the Banksters, I had no idea about this so-called ‘new kid on the block’ — new to me, anyway🙂 ~J

Publish  time: February 19, 2015 04:28
Edited time: February 19, 2015 06:07

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has criticized EU’s attempts to isolate Moscow, in particular blaming former Polish PM and President of the European Council Donald Tusk for spearheading the European anti-Russia crusade.

“This rift in the EU is very deep, of a strategic nature,” Orban said regarding the division in the EU and on how to build the bloc’s relationship with Russia.

The European Council President Tusk is “on the other side” of this dividing line, Orban said, a day after striking economic deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tusk has been an ardent critic of Moscow’s stance throughout the Ukrainian conflict, and on numerous occasions has called for a much tougher sanctions against Moscow. He speaks out against the “appeasement” of Moscow.

But the EU countries are divided in Brussels in their attitude towards Russia. Orban specified that the Baltic States and Poland sided with the United States in their belief that Russia should be gradually excluded from cooperation with Europe.

On the other hand, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria, Orban claims, believe cooperation with Moscow is essential.

“We think that without cooperation with the Russians we cannot achieve our goals,” the Hungarian prime minister said, referring mainly to energy security, which the EU sanctions against Russia jeopardize.

Russia also sees Hungary as a strategic partner and will pursue mutually beneficial energy projects. This was Vladimir Putin’s message to his Hungarian counterpart on Tuesday, as both countries sealed a number of energy deals.

Orban’s foreign policy towards the Ukrainian conflict has been criticized in the West from the onset as too soft. Generally supporting a Moscow-backed approach of achieving a long lasting peace in the region, Orban has on numerous occasions spoken out against discriminatory treatment of Russia by Brussels.

His vocal criticism of EU and US role in European foreign policy forced Washington to issue travel bans for several Hungarian businessmen. In October, US Chargé d’Affaires André Goodfriend, visiting the country warned that Hungary should “stand firm with the EU, with EU sanctions” stating that it was not the time for Hungary to “break with its EU partners to criticize so publicly the approach that the partners have taken.”

 

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6 Responses to RT: ‘Strategic rift’: Hungary PM criticizes EU partners trying to isolate Moscow . . . looks like someone else is stepping away from the EU :) ~J

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Jean I agree with you. He is his own man and his country is his priority not the IMF or any of the other letter agencies. They are also a country who are into alternative health and their people have the choice of both mainstream or alternative options. The GMO thing they would never allow as its a place of natural farming and large markets where you can get all your food. Most large supermarkets are on the outskirts and not in the heart of cities. People need to travel to get to them so the encouragement is to buy from local growers and not big chains. I’m not saying he is bad far from it, since he has come to power Budapest has had a massive transformation. But it’s his way or no way as it is with all politicians. I know people affected by the pension issue, but if it’s for the betterment of the country as a whole maybe it’s a good thing. It’s up to the people of that country to decide and if 2/3 voted him in then he has the majority. If we want to be led maybe he’s better than some.
    Ps. I read the article.
    Thanks for the info.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Jean he took people’s private pensions and he put them into a public fund without their consent. Not great for those people. Maybe there was good reason for that , it could have been to protect them from the IMF I don’t know . But it did happen. I know Hungary very well and have friends who live there. We visit regularly as we love it and it’s only a couple of hours flight for us. Orban is very much for his country. It has been a country brought to its knees on many occasions and they are now standing in their own power.

    • Jean says:

      Karen, I’m quoting here from the article I mentioned at the top of the page by the Wealth Watch – sorry you had to wait so long for my response, but I’ve been away from my computer:Orban’s Courageous Audacity

      Take, for instance, their stance on GMO’s and Monsanto. Now, as we know, DC takes its love for its pet corporations very seriously, as its corporate tentacles are a major tool in the banker arsenal for nifty things: like colonization of other countries, destroying local sovereignty, as well as siphoning off coveted resources into their coffers. So when Prime Minister Orban banned all GMO’s from their country’s agricultural scene several years ago, and actually plowed up over 1,000 acres of crops, which were found to be of the Monsanto variety, it definitely put him on Washington’s radar.

      Now, just doing something like that alone, will more than get you expunged from the White House’s Christmas card list, but Viktor Orban didn’t stop there though! Nooo sirree!

      In fact, in 2010, he kicked it up a notch by placing a tax upon banks(rather than cut pensions, as the IMF suggested) to help close their budget deficit! Ouch! As expected, the banks(especially foreign banks), with the backing of the IMF, lobbied against these moves, but went down to stunning, inglorious defeat!

      Later on, after being hounded by DC’s banking officials about implementing further austerity measures, Prime Minister Orban amusingly responded by unfriending the IMF on facebook! and rejecting the IMF’s calls for more austerity, explaining that cutting the pension funds of his citizens, and removing the bank tax was unacceptable.

      Under Orban’s leadership, Hungary has not only managed to pay down their near $26 billion IMF loan, but did so early. In 2013, with just $2 billion in payments left to go, he actually requested, via the central bank, that IMF officials should pack their bags and leave, noting that their “services” were no longer needed!

      What really irritates DC though, is that Orban seems to have the overwhelming backing of his people! Time after time, the Fidesz party has not only won re-election, but they’ve won by a landslide. In 2014, his party rode back into power, with over 2/3 of the vote! Many Hungarians finally seemed to have found a nationalist champion. This has made it difficult to claim that Orban is simply acting alone, or without the consent of Hungary.

      I”m not saying you are incorrect, but I am saying that it is not all bad in Hungary. Can you agree? Hugs, ~Jean

  3. Karen says:

    The Hungarian people in 2013 voted Orban in for another term. He has also told Swiss bank to pay people back on Morgages as they were ripping them off no surprise there! On a not so great note though he has taken people’s pensions to pay the countries debtors. I don’t know what his long term plans are for the country so I don’t know whether this is part of a complete plan. I’m not going to judge. What I can say is that Budapest is beautiful and has had millions spent on it in recent years. It has spectacular architecture that was destroyed by both the Germans and the Russians over the years. Also in 1956 there was a civil war that ousted the Russians so that caused a lot of damage in the city that has only been reconstructed within the last 10 years. Hungary has been land locked since world war 1 . They are not a nation of yes men. They have been thru too much to be gullible. So it is interesting to watch them stand up to the west.

    • Jean says:

      I think you may be wrong about taking the people’s pensions, Karen. Please take time to read the article I suggested at the beginning of this post😉 Hugs, ~Jean

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