Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said EU sanctions against Russia allegedly hurt the European economy more than Russia's and called for the restrictions to be lifted by the end of this year.
Orbán began his speech at a closed meeting of the Hungarian political union Fidesz-KDNP (Christian Democratic People's Party) by declaring that the war between Ukraine and Russia "ceased to be local, sanctions turned it into a global economic war." In his opinion, we should expect a protracted war that will continue next year as well.
According to Orbán, the war worries Hungarians, but what "directly affects families now is inflation." The Hungarian Prime Minister considers Western sanctions against Russia to be the cause of economic problems, the energy crisis and inflation.