The Hungarian network of military diplomacy is “our national treasure”, declared the Minister of Defence. said Tuesday in Budapest at the annual meeting of defence, army and air attachés.
During the event held at the Military National Security Service (KNBSZ), Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasized that the world has not become safer and that in this changing world, military diplomacy is become even more important.
The Minister noted that as a result of the war in neighboring Ukraine, not only military, but also economic, cultural and diplomatic relations have changed significantly. He reiterated that Hungary – like the largest defense alliance, NATO – is “on the side of peace”.
The government is doing everything possible to ensure that Hungary stays out of this war and is able to cope with the indirect consequences of the war, such as the energy crisis and war inflation. That is why the government has decided to introduce an additional profit tax, of which the defense fund will also receive a share.
The minister said the war situation in Ukraine was likely to continue in the long term, but other challenges, such as illegal migration and terrorism, also needed to be addressed in the meantime.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky noted that it is important for Hungary to be a committed and recognized member of NATO. He then cited some of Hungary’s important contributions to the alliance, such as the Hungarian Battlegroup which was deployed in the country after the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
He said US troops are already stationed in Hungary and Italy, Turkey and Montenegro have also offered troops to the country. The Multinational Division command in Székesfehérvár was also activated. And from August, the Hungarian Air Force will protect the Baltic airspace for the third time.
He also pointed out that Hungary is committed to a defense budget of 2% of its GDP. This goal will be achieved as early as 2023, Bobrovniczky said.
One of the most important guarantees of Hungary’s sovereignty is a well-equipped, well-trained, well-organized, volunteer-based, large and efficient military force, the Defense Minister stressed. To this end, and in line with the strategic supply programs launched several years ago, old Soviet military equipment is being replaced by state-of-the-art NATO-compatible equipment. At the same time, the development of the defense industry is of strategic importance, he added.
The military equipment is operated by Hungarian soldiers who have chosen the protection of their homeland as their vocation.
Finally, the Minister of Defense thanked the attachés for their work on behalf of the government.
Photo courtesy of Zoltán Máthé/MTI