Hungary still considering participation at Global Peace Summit, despite dissing Russia's non-participation

Péter Szijjártó
Péter Szijjártó

Hungary has yet to decide whether it will participate in the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland on June 15-16, Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter Szijjarto, told ONT.

Hungary respects Switzerland's efforts to achieve peace, but doubts whether a peace conference makes sense if "the parties to the war are absent," he said.

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"If both sides of the war are not represented, I think it's a legitimate question whether the whole conference makes sense in terms of the ultimate goal, which is the pursuit of peace," Szijjarto said.

"We believe that the peace conference has a real meaning and gives the greatest hope for peace if both sides sit at the table."

Budapest does not consider Russia's war against Ukraine to be "its own", Szijjarto said.

In Europe, they tend to believe that they are also in a state of war. Hungary, however, "doesn't feel that way," he said.

"Russia did not attack us. We are not at war. Ukraine is not fighting for us," he said.

"If we were attacked, it would be a different situation. But we were not attacked, and neither has any other state of the European Union," he said.

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Szijjarto does not understand why Hungary should consider the war "its own" if it is not under military threat.

Peace Summit in Switzerland in June 2024

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Leaders from around the world will meet at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland from June 15-16, though Russia will not attend.

Ukraine hasn't ruled out Russian participation in the Global Peace Summit in the future, but did not extend an invitation to the inaugural event, Presidential Office head, Andriy Yermak, said.

The peace process is "unthinkable" without Russia, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said at the same time.

Ukrainian intelligence has reliable information that Russia wants to disrupt the peace summit, Zelenskyy said on April 24.

China is also trying to disrupt the Global Peace Summit, working to prevent other countries from participating in it, he added.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister George Maloney, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other international leaders are expected to attend the summit.

The White House will attend the Global Peace Summit, though U.S. President Joe Biden's participation has yet to be confirmed.

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Zelenskyy personally would like to see Biden at the peace summit, he said. His absence will only encourage Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

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