Mi Hazánk Vice-President Gives Controversial Interview About Ukraine
Hungarian politician Dóra Dúró, who holds the position of Vice-President in the Mi Hazánk party, has given a controversial interview to Russia Today TV channel in which she demanded that Ukraine give up territories for peace. Dúró’s interview, which is banned in the European Union, can also be viewed on the official Mi Hazánk YouTube channel.
The Hungarian politician stated that Ukraine’s accession to NATO without the risk of a full-scale conflict can only be achieved if Russia approves the move. She further added that “Ukraine must give up its territory for the sake of peace, and Europe must not subordinate its own interests to those of the United States.”
These statements from Dóra Dúró have sparked outrage in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister’s spokesman, Oleh Nikolenko, reacted by exclaiming that Ukraine has the sovereign right to freely choose its security options. Similarly, Olena Kondratyuk, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, stressed that Ukraine does not need Russia’s permission to join NATO. The Speaker reminded Dóra Dúró that Europe is a place where borders and sovereignty are respected.
Moreover, Dóra Dúró’s name was found on the website of Ukraine’s enemies. The database, called Mirotvorec, is also referred to as a death list.
The statements by Dóra Dúró on a Russian TV channel have raised concerns in Ukraine, as they have been deemed as anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian. Ukraine has been in conflict with Russia and Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region since 2014. The annexation of Crimea by Russia has led to international condemnation, and the conflict in the Donbas region has cost many lives.
The statements from Dóra Dúró are seen as a hindrance to Ukraine’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the EU and NATO, which it sees as a way to counterbalance the threat from Russia. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop and whether there will be any further repercussions from these controversial statements.