Budapest debunked the claim its deputy FM promised Ukraine transit of weapons
FILE PHOTO: Hungarian armored personnel carriers are seen as army deploy troops close to the Hungarian — Ukrainian border, in Vasarosnameny, February 25, 2022 © AP / Anna Szilagyi
Hungary’s position on deliveries of foreign weapons to Ukraine through its territory has not changed, the foreign ministry in Budapest said on Tuesday evening in a statement. Earlier in the day, authorities in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv claimed the visiting deputy foreign minister had told them otherwise.
“We do not send soldiers or weapons to Ukraine, and we do not allow weapons to cross the Hungarian-Ukrainian border,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Paczolay Mate. “Not a single weapon delivery has crossed the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, and this will not change in the future, as this poses a security risk to the area of Transcarpathia and would endanger the safety of the Hungarian people.”
This policy has been “clear from the beginning” and “remains unchanged,” Mate added, so “any news portal that circulates a statement to the contrary is publishing incorrect information.”
His statement came on the heels of reports in Ukrainian media – quoting the Lviv city council – that Deputy Foreign Minister Magyar Levente had announced a change to this policy during his visit to the western Ukrainian city.