Hungary opts out of NATO’s new Cold War against Russia

Below is Google Translate’s version of an article in Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Dec. 25, 2014.

Note: Hungary joined NATO in 1997.

Hungary will not take part in the Cold War against Russia

Hungary's Viktor Orban accused the U.S. of expanding their influence in Europe with a new Cold War.EU President Jean-Claude Junker (l); PM of Hungary Viktor Orbán (r)

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán takes its distance from the EU and accuses the US government to try to instigate a new Cold War against Russia. Hungary will not participate.

The dispute between the Hungarian government and the US continues to escalate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday that the US Government Takes corruption allegations against senior Hungarian officials as an excuse to expand US influence in Europe. Given the Ukraine crisis he accused the USA of also trying to draw the EU in the conflict. “Between the US and Russia, a mood like in the Cold War developed. We do not want to be involved,” Orban said.

The US had set in October, several Hungarian officials blacklisted and banned their entry. The government accuses them of corruption before. Among those affected is the head of the tax authority, Ildiko Vida. She has rejected the allegations.

The US and other Western partners in the NATO-State pursuing closer relations between Hungary and Russia with disapproval. So is Orban’s government in the construction of two nuclear reactors on technology and money from Russia.

H/t CODA’s John Molloy

~StMA

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5 responses to “Hungary opts out of NATO’s new Cold War against Russia

  1. See if you can locate this: NATOvsRUSSIA.jpg, as I can’t figure out how to transfer it here. You know, a picture’s worth 10,000 words.

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  2. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    For a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Obama sure behaves strangely, having reignited the Cold War with Russia by:

    1. Dramatically increasing the number of U.S. military “exercises” or war games in Europe.
    2. Canceling a regularly scheduled annual exercise with Russian troops last March;
    3. Sending 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Eastern Europe; and
    4. Imposing economic sanctions against Russia.

    All this because the Kremlin annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine this spring, which Obama insists is a sign of Moscow’s aggressive expansionism, never mind the fact that top U.S. military leaders do not agree but instead see Russia’s moves in Crimea as protecting its national interests, specifically Russia’s naval fleet in the Black Sea.

    The upshot of Obama’s aggressive posture toward Russia, on top of Russia recently revising its military doctrine identifying NATO’s military buildup as a major threat, is the fraying of the West’s NATO alliance, led by Hungary, whose prime minister says his country wants no part in a new Cold War.

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  3. Thank you StMA for this interesting post. It appears that Hungary does not want to escalate a new cold war with Russia.

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  4. Hungary’s reluctance to sustain its anti-Russian posture can hardly be unexpected. Russia is very close and the evidence that the present administration in Washington is ready to adequately meet its treaty obligations is not reassuring.

    In the immediate past Washington has vowed to assist its allies (Egypt, Libya) and oppose its potential foes in the Middle East — drawn many a “red line” and then failed to act appropriately. It has tended to be aloof in the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. Its response to Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea remains uncertain. Hungary has reason to be wary until there is an administration in Washington that appears prepared to defend its allies and fully meet its treaty obligations.

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