West News Wire: The Hungarian foreign minister stated on Sunday that continuing to back Ukraine with arms shipments will only serve to escalate the war with Russia.

Speaking to radio Kossuth, Peter Szijjarto offered his opinion on recent statements made by Roberta Metsola, the president of the European Parliament, who pressed for the delivery of fighter jets and long-range weapons to Kiev. The minister claimed that the actions made by EU parliamentarians towards Ukraine “have typically brought damage to Europe” and that additional arms shipments will only exacerbate conflicts.

He continued by denouncing the EU legislature, saying that it has “practically no legitimacy.” Szijjarto claimed that the EU parliament is “one of the most corrupt bodies in the world” and cited a recent corruption incident as evidence.

He was referring to the recent arrest of the parliament’s former vice president, Eva Kaili, who has been charged with taking bribes from Qatar in exchange for illegally lobbying the interests of the Gulf state.

Szijjarto noted that in Western countries, war rhetoric sounds “incomparably louder than the rhetoric of peace,” while nations outside “the transatlantic bubble” tend to prefer peace to a deadly conflict.

The minister went on to question the West’s anti-Russia sanctions. He argued that they have failed to force Moscow to end the conflict, while Europe’s economy has “faced incredible difficulties,” and that “the tenth sanctions package will only be suitable for causing further damage to us Europeans, similar to the previous nine ones.”

Since the start of large-scale hostilities in Ukraine almost a year ago, Hungary, which is heavily dependent on Russian energy, has been critical of Western sanctions against Moscow. It has also refused to support Kiev with weapons, or allow arms transfers across its border with Ukraine.

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