Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that he will not punish Hungarian families for the Russia-Ukraine conflict by participating in sanctions imposed by western nations on Russia.
Unlike other nations, which have eagerly chosen to sacrifice the livelihoods of the middle class, Orban is standing up for his citizens against international demands to join the embargo on Russian energy imports.
As reported by Rebel News, the Biden administration has banned imports of Russian oil and gas, a move that is set to raise the cost of living for everyday Americans.
“We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine,” Biden said.
Americans are being informed by celebrities and media outlets that the surge in gas prices is a small “patriotic” sacrifice they will have to pay to fight Putin’s war machine, echoing words made by U.S. President Joe Biden.
The Washington Post argues that Americans will simply have to accept gas prices beyond $4, because “facing down Putin is worth the price.”
In Europe, similar moves have been made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who announced the phasing out of Russian imports by the end of 2022. Despite making up less than 10% of oil imports, prices at the gas pump are already surging, with many poorer and middle-income households feeling the brunt of the sanctions.
In Hungary, Orban has vowed not to punish his country for the war in Ukraine.
“It is clear that we are all interested in ending this war as soon as possible and in a negotiated manner,” Orbán stated, adding that economic sanctions against Russia are affecting everyone in Europe, and that Hungary is no exception, Summit News reported.
The Hungarian leader voiced his opposition to the oil and gas sanctions being imposed due to their impact on families in his country.
“The extension of sanctions to the energy sector, oil and gas sector would be a disproportionate burden for Hungary. That is why I have made it clear that we condemn Russia’s armed attack, we also condemn the war, but we will not allow the price of the war to be paid to Hungarian families! Therefore, sanctions should not be extended to oil and gas,” Orban said.
The majority of Hungary’s oil and gas comes from Russia, with 90% of the country heating their homes with gas. Without Russian imports, the country would simply be unable to function.