Below is Google Translate’s version of an article in Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Dec. 25, 2014.

Note: Hungary joined NATO in 1997.

Hungary will not take part in the Cold War against Russia

Hungary's Viktor Orban accused the U.S. of expanding their influence in Europe with a new Cold War.EU President Jean-Claude Junker (l); PM of Hungary Viktor Orbán (r)

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán takes its distance from the EU and accuses the US government to try to instigate a new Cold War against Russia. Hungary will not participate.

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The dispute between the Hungarian government and the US continues to escalate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday that the US Government Takes corruption allegations against senior Hungarian officials as an excuse to expand US influence in Europe. Given the Ukraine crisis he accused the USA of also trying to draw the EU in the conflict. “Between the US and Russia, a mood like in the Cold War developed. We do not want to be involved,” Orban said.

The US had set in October, several Hungarian officials blacklisted and banned their entry. The government accuses them of corruption before. Among those affected is the head of the tax authority, Ildiko Vida. She has rejected the allegations.

The US and other Western partners in the NATO-State pursuing closer relations between Hungary and Russia with disapproval. So is Orban’s government in the construction of two nuclear reactors on technology and money from Russia.

H/t CODA’s John Molloy


This post originally appeared at Consortium of Defense Analysts.