"There is little criticism of Hungary's NATO activities, but it is apparent that the current Hungarian Prime Minister has an intimate relationship with leaders that operate autocratic or even dictatorial systems," said Vice-President of the NATO Parliament Attila Mesterházy, presenting the international position on the current Hungarian government.
“NATO does not treat these countries as enemies, but they do perceive that, from hybrid warfare through many other things, they pose a threat to certain NATO member states (e.g. the Baltic countries, but many other examples could be given). It is indeed noted, however, that Putin is apparently treated by the Hungarian Prime Minister as if he kept coming home.
"The other leader," he pointed out to Erdogan, "who is now in conflict with the Americans, is visiting Hungary too for many reasons, and they are both come to visit in almost the same week." According to Attila Mesterházy,it is obvious and apparent that this sort of foreign policy goes beyond the rational system of relations whereby one could say that it makes sense to maintain good economic relations with Russia.
The Socialist politician explained that in his view anti-democratic measures were in the private interests of members of the government, as business and financial interests are behind them, primarily private business interests. “I still remember that between 1998 and 2002, Viktor Orbán did not visit Moscow at all. Not once.
Moreover, we also remember that he talked about Hungary being Gazprom's happiest barrack, and that Putin's lapdogs had proliferated in Europe. What we see is that (…) Hungary is currently definitely the happiest barrack of Gazprom, where Viktor Orbán, to use his vocabulary, eagerly yelps as Putin's lapdog." At the same time, this practice is contrary to the will of Hungarians and is therefore unacceptable, said Mesterházy.
“It is quite clear that this system of relationships also means a sharing of values: Orbán envies the system Putin and Erdogan have built in their respective countries. The fact is that this kind of relationship building that Orbán is doing in this regard is a dead end: it is certainly contrary to our commitments and value orientation towards NATO and the European Union, and it is also contrary to the decisions of Hungarian people, as we have voted for becoming members of NATO and the European Union,” said the Vice-President of the NATO Parliament.
He added, “It is also worth noting that Fidesz members do not send their children to study in Moscow, but always to the West. Interestingly, when it comes to their own children, they always choose Western European universities over their East European counterparts. ”
Finally, when asked about the situation of the Hungarian public law system - in connection with the appointment of Péter Polt and Tünde Handó, Mesterházy said, “This is a fleeing path for Tünde Handó, because her operation in the judicial environment was impossible to continue so she had to be rescued from there. Problems were also noticed at EU level, and it is no coincidence that the government had to retract from a number of measures. (…) Péter Polt performs very well from their aspect as a party military officer.”
The MP also outlined possible solutions to the situation. “When we change governments, if we have two-thirds, these problems are easy to handle. Otherwise, there are more creative ways to make a difference, in fact, there are many solutions. We are committed to joining the European Public Prosecutor's Office, this is a solution, and in case of a new government, we will have an attorney general who is truly independent and focuses exclusively on the job,” concluded MSZP MP, Vice-President of the NATO Parliament Attila Mesterházy.