"This war is not a Hungarian war"

Lots of rumours and misinformation are being spread about the Ukrainian situation, which clearly shows that people are afraid and there is a near-panic among Hungarians in the Lower Carpathians - pointed out Jobbik's vice-president István Szávay in his press conference on Wednesday.

The politician reminded the public that the Ukrainian parliament passed a legislation on mobilization last week, thus the situation has turned even worse. Now Hungarian fathers are called up to military service in mass, Hungarian men are hiding in the forest. Those who can are now leaving the country or if they are abroad, they don't dare to return home.

The MP pointed out that men leaving the country are followed by their family members, while Ukrainian refugees are settling in their homes, which could pose a major threat on the entire Hungarian community in the Lower Carpathians.

István Szávay has also reported of several types of abuses committed, such as that individuals not wanting to volunteer are treated as volunteers, they are called in the office for data control and made to sign various Ukrainian papers.

The MP reminded how outrageous it was that the new Ukrainian power has passed various anti-Hungarian legislation in the past few months and has treated Hungarians of the Lower Carpathians as inferior citizens, but now expects Hungarians to die for Ukraine. Szávay says the majority of Hungarians understandably do not want to sacrifice their lives for such a country. This war is not a Hungarian war - stressed Jobbik's vice-president, and pointed out that recent road blocks have been erected purposefully in the Lower Carpathians.

Jobbik finds it astounding that the Hungarian government has not issued any communication in this matter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has essentially failed to respond to the settlement of refugees or the drafting of ethnic Hungarians to the army. The Hungarian Cultural Association of the Lower Carpathians has also refrained from voicing a serious concern in this matter.

In the past few days, the Romanian Foreign Ministry made a clear statement in order to protect the Romanian community living in Ukraine, and Jobbik is very much looking forward to the Hungarian government saying something at last.

The politician emphasized that Hungarians living on the other side of the border were only important for Fidesz until the elections, and the vast majority of them did vote for the government parties, but they now unfortunately get a first-hand experience of the government's opportunistic policies. Jobbik believes the drafting of ethnic Hungarian individuals should be stopped and Ukrainian refugees must not be allowed to settle in the Hungarian villages. As a minimal demand, Hungarian soldiers should not be deployed outside the Lower Carpathians, they should be allowed to do their service locally.

István Szávay commented that the only way to provide a long-term solution would be to ensure local autonomy and a Ruthenian-Hungarian ethnic autonomy, and this is what the Hungarian government should strive for.

Jobbik believes that Hungary should primarily focus on the interest of the Hungarian community in terms of this Ukrainian conflict as well as any other foreign policy issue, but the government considers the European Union's expectations more important.