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Defense Minister: Hungary’s Troops to Continue Border Protection

Minister Tibor Pinko said that the Hungarian military development plan remains a top priority for the country’s Ministry of Defense.

Pinky highlighted the importance of providing military assistance to police officers stationed at the country’s borders, reports.

“Hungarian forces have been contributing to the country’s border protection efforts since 2015…It was clear that migration pressure was increasing,” the minister noted.

Banki emphasized that NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan did not help the country improve the situation with migrants, adding that the withdrawal of troops was not “prepared or implemented in the way it should have been.”

The Minister thanked the soldiers for their efforts in protecting Hungary’s borders and their assistance in the measures taken in response to the coronavirus situation.

The defense minister stressed that the country would increase its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, highlighting an increase in the military budget and an increase in soldiers’ salaries.

According to him, the country’s military program is scheduled to be completed by 2032.

Authorities in Hungary announced last year that they would not budge on their anti-mass immigration stance, despite the European Court’s ruling that the “Stop Soros” regulation contravenes EU law.

The authorities in Hungary have announced that the country will continue to protect its borders from the influx of migrants trying to reach the country illegally.

In this regard, the Hungarian Minister of State, Zoltan Kovacs, stressed that as long as the current government governs Hungary, the “Stop Soros” regulation will remain in effect.

On the initiative of the Brussels Commission, the European Court of Justice ruled today that the Stop Soros Act, passed in 2018, criminalizing the organization and financing of illegal immigration, and the constitutional amendment adopted in parallel with the law, prohibits the resettlement of immigrants.

In December last year, French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he supports strengthening the EU’s external borders. His remarks came during talks held in the Hungarian capital with leaders of the Eastern European Union countries.

During the summit held in Budapest among the members of the Visegrad 4 group (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), President Macron was also present.

Authorities in European countries are constantly trying to find effective ways to deal with the influx of migrants.

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