27th Mar 2023


Timmermans 'disgusted' by Hungary minister's Moscow trip

EU Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans scolded Hungary's foreign minister Tuesday after Péter Szijjártó travelled to Moscow recently. "I don't think going on your knees in front of [Russian president] Putin in Moscow is going to be a long-term solution for our problems," he told journalists, adding: "I was quite disgusted by seeing minister Szijjártó again going to Moscow, begging for mercy from someone who has invaded a peaceful European country."

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