Hungary is a victim of Euro-Atlantism
Hungary is a victim of Euro-Atlantism
Hungary has become a victim of the subservient Euro-Atlantism of the past two and a half decades. At least this is what the situation after the drop of the South Stream project seems to show according to Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi. We interviewed him about Putin's decision and its consequences.
Self-destructive European elite
As reported, Putin blamed the European Union for not building the South Stream. Was Western Europe the real obstacle in the project's way or did Moscow just name a scapegoat and had other reasons for changing its mind? We asked Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi, the vice chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament to throw light on the issue.
In our era, energy supply has become a factor in the geostrategic struggle fought between the USA and Russia. "It is an unfortunate fact that the primary victim of this geopolitical battle is Europe and especially Hungary." Gyöngyösi pointed out in his response.
The MP says Europe has been under US pressure to remain in the trap of the illusory Nabucco project. As he puts it, the Nabucco pipeline concept was completely unrealistic, neither the amount of gas needed for the return of investment, nor the essential funds for project implementation had ever been available. Not to mention that the pipeline was supposed to go through several crisis areas in the world. He adds that, in spite of the above, the self-destructive European elite (including the Hungarian Fidesz-related and socialist-liberal political elite) that suffers from the incurable disease of Atlantism, has always supported the implementation of the project until recently. He believes that, unlike Nabucco, the South Stream would have been a feasible, profitable project and would have brought Russian gas realistically close to Europe. However, the South Stream has become a victim of political arm-twisting.
Jobbik's MP voices his opinion that President Putin is right when he says that the countries blocking the South Stream were not acting in a sovereign manner, they were under pressure from Washington and Brussels. Then he adds that, since Europe is not independent but is a US colony, we can state that only US interests were enforced eventually. He points out that it wasn't the first time Bulgaria backed out of the South Stream project, because they had already done so in 2009, only to return to the negotiations in 2010.
He thinks it's tragic how Europe is acting against its own interests and he adds that Europe seems to be the enemy of its own sovereignty and independence when it succumbs to the American pressure and urges trade and economic sanctions against Russia, or rattles its sabres to provoke Moscow as the outpost of NATO, an organization exclusively representing US military interests, and when it gives up the security of its own energy supply by torpedoing the only viable option of gas supply contracts available at the moment.
The victim of subservient Euro-Atlantism
We also asked him how the Russian decision may impact Hungary's "opening to the East" policy, which we associated with Orbán's ideas as well as Jobbik's strategic concepts.
"I am half-sad, half-happy about it." responds Márton Gyöngyösi, who believes that Europe's self-destructive hopelessness seems devastating. Anyone who believes that the US can supply the EU's 500 million people by shipping liquid, tanked LNG gas across the Atlantic Ocean, has lost his contact with reality, to say the least. "Therefore it's hard to understand the motivations of Western liberal opinion-shapers and their Hungarian sidekicks who have been rejoicing over the fall of the South Stream since yesterday." he adds. He says it's not Russia's fall but Europe's, including Hungary.
"When cancelling the South Stream project, Putin also announced, with Turkish President Erdogan by his side during his visit to Ankara, that Russia would focus on the performance of its gas contract with China as well as on other southbound gas supply lines, and would give priority to the Blue Stream in the future." Gyöngyösi points out. Which is a clear indication that Russia is not losing market, it is gaining. In the MP's view, Turkey is clearly the greatest winner of this decision, since the country has gained a monopolistic status in terms of all East-to-West gas supply projects. By the way, Turkey has also gained a lot from the anti-Russia boycott of the West, successfully utilizing the opportunities lying in the Russia-EU war of sanctions. The country gained a significant market share without any effort. In Gyöngyösi's view, the teaming-up of the two great rivals, Turkey and Russia is good news in the sense that the alliance of two great Eastern powers greatly reduces the chances of the US that works on developing a monopolar world order.
Consequently, it offers an excellent, long-term opportunity for Hungary provided that there is a counterbalance against a reckless Western offensive. However, he also adds that Hungary's short-term prospects are far from bright. As he says, Hungary has become a victim of two and a half decades of subservient Euro-Atlantism. Orbán's impotence is also spectacular, but he at least seems to have realized the gravity of the situation and began a balancing act on a rope. On the other hand, in the Jobbik MP's opinion, the chances of Hungary and the "Eastern opening" policy are fundamentally undermined by the EU's economic, political and energy war on Russia, while NATO is posing a threat to European peace by its sabre-rattling.
Gyöngyösi says that the situation clearly shows the price of inconsistency and a diplomacy specialized in a subservient kowtowing to foreign interests. At present, the Eastern opening policy is the only one with any realistic chance for success, and Hungarian diplomacy must do its best to increase the country's room for maneuvering against the West: we must regain our political, economic, energy-related and even military sovereignty, he says, since we are currently subordinated to foreign interests, which comes at a humongous price already, not to mention the unforeseeable consequences in the future.