The head of IFAT participated in two panels with German, Ukrainian, Austrian, Polish and Canadian experts and diplomats, addressing the question of „the German-Russian axis as a short and long-term strategy”, as well as that of „the strategic implications of a strong or weak Ukraine for Europe”. Participants included Prof. Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice Chancellor of Austria and Dietmar Stüdemann, former German ambassador to Kiev.

The significance of Ukraine impacts three distinct priorities of Hungarian foreign policy – Ambassador Márton Schőberl, director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade stated in Munich at the conference „Germany’s Ostpolitik in an emerging New Europe”, organized by the Ukrainian Free University.

 

The head of IFAT participated in two panels with German, Ukrainian, Austrian, Polish and Canadian experts and diplomats, addressing the question of „the German-Russian axis as a short and long-term strategy”, as well as that of „the strategic implications of a strong or weak Ukraine for Europe”. Participants included Prof. Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice Chancellor of Austria and Dietmar Stüdemann, former German ambassador to Kiev.

 

Ambassador Schőberl laid out the foundations of Hungarian foreign policy, especially building blocks relating to Germany and Russia. He also discussed the consequences of bilateral relations, future scenarios based on short term and long term developments in that relationship, as well as the Hungarian position with regard to the sanctions targeting Russia. In the second panel, the focus fell on Ukrainian-Hungarian relations, including the aid and assistance provided to Hungary’s eastern neighbour in humanitarian affairs, economic development and other policy areas. Ambassador Schőberl emphasized that for three reasons - as a neighbour and as the home to a Hungarian minority, as well as a transit country for natural gas imports – Ukraine is a partner of special significance for Hungary.