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Stand on the side of peace

  At the end of June, Adrian’s sea and sky are clear and blue, peaceful and far away, with occasional showers of rain on a clear day, followed by a pleasant rainbow. Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Europe more than two years ago, we have developed the habit of going to campsites in summer to escape the heat, but this year we left Hungary and went to the seaside in Slovenia.
  Camping days by the sea are simple and comfortable. The campsite is like a United Nations. From the license plate, it can be seen that there are half European ethnic groups gathered here, many from neighboring countries such as Austria, Hungary, and Italy, as well as Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Poland a little further away. The “neighbors” who shared the bathroom and laundry room looked down and saw each other, and soon caught up with each other. When chatting, the epidemic is no longer a topic, but the Russian-Ukrainian war is often mentioned. Knowing that we are from Budapest, the dramatic “Hungarian-Ukraine war of words” has naturally become a topic of conversation. Some people praise Hungary for being smart and calm, while others blame Hungary for splitting the EU.
  Since the outbreak of the war, Hungary has always remained neutral and has not swayed under various pressures, becoming an “alternative” within the EU. On the one hand, Hungary took action as soon as the war broke out. It set up a rescue center at the border to distribute supplies for refugees, and successively accepted more than half a million Ukrainian refugees. Sinologist Shawlet also vacated his vacant house and drove to the border to pick up the refugees. There are still several tents dedicated to accepting refugees on the square of the West Railway Station in Budapest. The Hungarian government also has educational, medical, and social programs aimed at helping refugees, and my son’s class includes Ukrainian children who are placed in school.
  On the other hand, the Hungarian government “in order not to involve Hungary in the war”, not only did not send arms, but also did not allow the delivery of arms to Ukraine through Hungarian territory. Even at the National Independence Day rally held on March 15, Prime Minister Orban made it clear that Hungary would not be a “pawn in the game of great powers”… This statement annoyed Ukrainian President Zelensky who wanted to borrow from NATO. . He wanted to force Hungary to choose a side, but Orban replied: “If you ask which side Hungary is on, our answer is: Hungary is on our side… We will help those in need, but we only want to Defend your own national interests.”
  The “national interest” that Orban refers to also includes the 150,000 Huns living in Ukraine. Not to mention, in 2017 Ukraine passed education regulations with obvious racial discrimination, which were originally aimed at Russians in Ukraine, but also hurt the Huns, as well as Romanians, Bulgarians and Greeks. At that time, the European Union also saw the issue of racism in Ukraine, and also supported the Hungarians in Ukraine to strive for autonomy, so the Hungarian-Ukraine relationship was once tense to the point of tension.
  In addition, Hungary is also a strong opponent of energy sanctions against Russia, for a very simple reason: 85% of Hungarian households use natural gas for heating, and 64% of crude oil is imported from Russia. As a result, they were attacked by Ukrainian politicians again, accusing Hungary of “helping Putin” and “destroying EU unity”, and even exposing the historical scars of the Hungarians. In the past, it was said for a while that Hungary had “territorial ambitions”.
  The result angered Hungarian Parliament Speaker Kver, who said, “We have given Ukraine all the help we could for three decades, from the first recognition of this country, to the conclusion of basic treaties, to the issue of visa exemptions … others are desperately needed. The person who helps, usually asks politely, even if it is stubborn and stubborn, but it is also a request, but never asks, and never threatens. A person often threatens his enemies, but not the person he wants to make friends with. So , I don’t know what to do with this kind of individual spiritual problem.”
  Macron, Scholz, and Merkel have all experienced Ukraine’s saliva, so much so that the Italian media also criticized Zelensky for not being grateful. “Like a grumpy poor relative”. For Speaker Kwell’s remarks, the Ukrainian side immediately retorted, and as a result, the Hungarian foreign minister was also involved in a war of words.
  In fact, Hungary’s attitude towards the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not isolated within the EU, but some countries have not spoken out like Hungary. Although European politicians are happy to occupy the moral high ground, they also have to consider their own interests and do not want to let the war burn on their own heads, so they have their own thoughts. Even Pope Francis, who lives in the Vatican, expressed dissatisfaction with NATO.
  Recently, Zelensky and Orban finally spoke on the phone. Orban also posted a cellphone photo showing “Zelensky calling” and simply wrote: “Hungary is on the side of peace.” Anyone could hear the words.

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