Jobbik asks honest questions at NATO committee meeting

NATO Parliamentary Assembly began its three-day Spring Session in Budapest with committee meetings. The key topics on the agenda were the situation of the Russian economy as well as terrorism and its funding. Hungary was represented by Gábor Staudt in the Assembly's Economics and Security Committee. Who funded ISIS? Who will compensate Hungary for the losses caused by the anti-Russia economic sanctions? Jobbik MP Gábor Staudt did not refrain from posing such questions to the committee.

Saudi Arabia promised to be a good guy

The delegates of the Economics Committee were greatly interested in the speech on the financing of terrorism. Although the lecture mainly presented the usual Western views on the activity of ISIS and the Middle East situation, the discussion allowed participants to attempt getting an insight into the processes.

In his speech, Gábor Staudt expressed how happy he was that the topic is now discussed with proper weight by international organizations, but he pointed out that the international media has recently published intriguing news coverage which must not be overlooked. As an example, he mentioned the astonishing statements made on CNN by retired US General Wesley Clark, according to which the allies of the US contributed to the armament and funding of ISIS in the hope of creating an anti-Hezbollah force.

In response to the question "why do we need to support such extremist groups and how can we avoid similar situations in the future?" the presenter of the panel discussion, French representative Nathalie Goulet said that the US general was likely referring mostly to Arab states, including Saudi Arabia for example, who had indeed supported several extremist Muslim organizations via national and private funds as well.

We do not know whether such processes would continue, but Saudi Arabia has made a promise to amend its ways in the future.

We shot ourselves in the foot with these anti-Russia sanctions

The other key topic on the Economics Committee's agenda was the situation of the Russian economy as well as the impacts of sanctions and counter-sanctions. In the debate, Gábor Staudt explained that while Russia is more and more intensively replacing its Western partnerships by cooperation agreements with China, other Asian countries, South America or Turkey, the European Union is becoming increasingly vulnerable in terms of economy, trade and energy supply as well.

The Jobbik MP asked certain highly important, Hungary-related questions from the present experts familiar with the issue: "what future do you envision for the European Union's economy, including that of Hungary, if we are forced to continue such a war of sanctions against a key trade partner of ours?"; as well as "who will compensate Hungary for the losses caused by the sanctions, and how?

Panel discussion chairman Diego Lopez Garrido gave the response that the EU's anti-Russia sanctions were passed by a unanimous decision and it was primarily a political decision, therefore its consequences, including the negative ones must be borne together.

Several meeting participants expressed their view that the sanctions failed to accomplish their anti-Russia goals, therefore they are not necessarily fit for exerting political pressure, while the damages occur in numerous areas.

Gábor Staudt

Talking to Alfahir's correspondent after the committee meeting, Gábor Staudt said Jobbik was concerned that the negative impacts of the sanctions on Hungary's economy and trade "will not be properly counterbalanced by the European Union", in other words, the principle of solidarity will remain nothing but a nice slogan." Jobbik will continue to use Hungarian and international forums alike and demand a more accurate analysis and reconsideration of the sanctions, as neither Russia nor the EU is interested in the deterioration of their economic cooperation, emphasized the MP.

On Monday, the work of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will go on with the Plenary Session where delegates will continue the debate on terrorist threats and other current international issues.


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