Hungary and Poland could always rely on each other and “we will not allow anyone to drive a wedge between us”, Hungarian President Katalin Novák said after meeting her Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.
“We both stand on similar footing, Christian conviction, faith, the protection of traditional families and national interests are important to us,” she said.
Young people setting up family and having children would be in the focus of talks had it been a peaceful time, but a war was started by Russia in a common neighbour country, Ukraine, 83 days ago, she said. Novák said Hungary condemned the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin attacking a sovereign state and she presented ten points which she said were Hungary’s responses. “We forever say no to every effort aiming at the restoration of the Soviet Union and we want peace here in Hungary and also in neighbouring countries,” she said. “This is not our war but it is also being fought against us, peaceloving Hungarians who want security and growth,” she added. She said Hungary demanded an inquiry into war crimes and their punishment. “Hungary is not neutral, but stands on the side of innocent victims and justice,” she added. Novák said Hungary supported Ukraine’s accession to the community of European countries and was ready to make sacrifice for peace but “we will not approve decisions that demand more sacrifice from Hungarian people than the pain they cause to Russian aggressors”, she added.
She said Hungary was ready to act as an intermediator between the sides at war, to assist in the continuation of peace talks.
“We insist on the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine now and we will insist on them also after the war,” she said. Novák said Hungary and Poland faced similar difficulties after the war broke out, receiving a flow of refugees, but both countries deserve “excellent marks” for demonstrating humanity.
The Hungarian president offered 5 million forints (EUR 13,000) from her presidential budget to the Nazareth Primary and High School to help the school in supporting children arriving as refugees from Ukraine. Novák after the talks laid a wreath at the statue of President Lech Kaczyński at Piłsudski Square. She afterwards paid tribute at the tree planted in honour of Emanuel Aladar Korompay, a Hungarian victim of the Katyn massacre, in the garden of the Nazareth school.