The WSJ called Budapest “base for Russian spies” :: Policies :: RBC

According to sources the newspaper, the Russian spies in Hungary, feel free. They use Budapest as a base to promote its goals in Europe


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Russian influence in Hungary is increasing, the Russian spies freely move around the country, using Budapest as a base to prepare for the task in Europe, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing American and Hungarian officials.

As an example, the publication cites a recent situation: “On one of the border posts trained in the West Hungarian counter-intelligence agents had received information about the Russian operative who intends to travel to Hungary, they asked permission for his prosecution. Permission denied, he said, had solid orders from Budapest”.

The media reported on the possible sanctions of the European Commission against Hungary


Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has denied these assumptions. “It is now fashionable to blame Russia and Russian intelligence,” — said Peskov, adding that European countries “should resolve their internal problems on their own.”

According to the newspaper, Russian energy companies signed “does not advertised deals in Hungary”, which, according to critics, aimed at enriching the local oligarchs. The text further mentions of NPP “Paks-2”, which Russia will build in Hungary for €12 billion. Hungary will work on the sale of Russian electricity to the German factories, said Prime Minister Viktor Orban. At the same time, the station can leave Hungary in debt and make it dependent on Moscow, says the WSJ.

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In addition, the newspaper writes about the hidden agreement of 2011, in which supply in Hungary Russian gas “cheaply” sold to local utilities controlled by the “Hungarian and Russian oligarchs.” Then the company the WSJ calls one of them — MET Hungary, sells gas to consumers with “good benefits.”

In late July, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke about the relationship between Russia and the EU. Then Hungarian Prime Minister, speaking to students at the Free University in Romania, noted that the current policy of Brussels towards Russia prevents most members of the Union. According to him, those countries who are afraid of Russia (in the number of such Orban called Poland and the Baltic States), it is suggested to provide additional guarantees. security, and the rest of the EU countries to allow normal trade with Russia.

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