US Drafting Sanctions Against Orban Colleagues

by Meifan Honcharuk
Friday, April 14, 2023
US Drafting Sanctions Against Orban Colleagues

The pro-Russian orientation of the Hungarian PM and the level of corruption in the country influenced the level of trust between states

In 2022, a bipartisan group of the US Congress began drafting a package of sanctions against Hungarian politicians associated with prime minister Orban's Fidesz party. The document is expected to be submitted to Congress next month and officials say, "it is likely to draw broad support."

US-Hungarian relations continue to deteriorate: ignoring the presence of a “Moscow Trojan horse” bank in Hungary, pro-Russian and anti-American rhetoric, high corruption, blocking Sweden's entry into NATO and Ukraine's participation in the Ukraine-NATO summit — all this and much more casts doubt on the continued credibility of the current Hungarian government.

"We have concerns about the continued eagerness of Hungarian leaders to expand and deepen ties with the Russian Federation," the US ambassador to Hungary, David Pressman, which, moreover, is a constant object of ridicules by Hungarian politicians and the media.

Mr Pressman, in March, came for an audience with Antony Blinken and reported about “uniquely anti-American rhetoric from senior Hungarian officials and pervasive anti-American rhetoric in the media controlled by the government of Hungary”.

The latest Transparency International's corruption survey noted an alarmingly high level of corruption in Hungary and named it the most corrupt EU country in 2022. We remind you that this is not the first time some politicians have questioned Hungary’s continued participation in the EU.

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