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RT: Sanctions wrong to the core - the president of the Hungarian Parliament

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The EU's economic war against Russia will cripple the bloc's economy, Laszlo Kover warned

The speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, László Kover, has condemned the EU's economic sanctions against Russia as "wrong to the core", predicting economic devastation as a result. Kover, a longtime critic of the EU, added that Hungary's success depends on cooperation with both the East and the West.

Speaking in the Hungarian city of Bugac, Kover used a Hungarian proverb to describe the EU's decision to impose major economic sanctions on Russia while still relying on its energy exports.

"Brussels politicians swung their legs without a horse under them," he told attendees of the Kurultay festival, an annual event that promotes Eurasian and Turkish steppe-nomadic horse culture. Cover added that the seven rounds of sanctions imposed since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in February were "wrong to the core" and would result in Europe's economic collapse.

Kover is a member of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party, and Orbán himself has expressed a similar stance on Brussels' sanctions policy. In a speech last month, Orbán bluntly assessed that "sanctions are not destabilizing Moscow" as intended. Instead, he noted, "Europe is in trouble."

The EU, which depends on Russia for about 40% of its gas and a third of its oil, is facing rising energy costs and record inflation after it imposed a partial ban on Russian oil and announced a gradual reduction in Russian gas imports. With several EU countries imposing energy cuts and the situation expected to worsen as winter approaches, Hungary has managed to get an exemption from the oil embargo and is negotiating with Moscow to increase gas purchases.

This attitude has made Hungary an exception in the EU, as well as Orbán's insistence that NATO's policy of arming Ukraine against Russia is a lost cause. The Hungarian prime minister responded to criticism earlier this month by saying that "Brussels is not our boss" and that the "independent, sovereign Hungarian nation" will work to "prevent" EU policies that are not in its national interest.

In his speech, Kover described the history and geography of Hungary as a "bridge" between East and West. "When East and West clashed, it only brought downfall," he said.

"But if they cooperated, it would give Hungary a chance to rise."

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