In the EU, they are trying to replace the principle of consensus, where each country has the right of veto, with the principle of a simple majority.

So that, for example, Hungary would not be able to block anti-Russian sanctions, Radio Svoboda correspondent Zoryana Stepanenko tells TSN.

Now it is precisely Hungary that categorically does not want to increase the pressure.

The head of the local diplomacy said today that the European Union should stop even mentioning the 8th package of sanctions that the Baltic states proposed to introduce.

And to "fill" it, in particular, with further trade restrictions and expansion of black lists.

However, Peter Sijarto follows the policy of his boss - Viktor Orban.

He emphasizes that the sanctions are primarily damaging to Europe and deepening the energy crisis.

The Hungarian Prime Minister himself recently made similar scandalous statements - his quotes from a closed meeting with political supporters were not officially published, but, according to the participants, they were received by the Hungarian Radio Liberty service.

Orban complained that the EU is "shooting itself in the foot" with sanctions and that he will try to convince his fellow leaders not to extend them.

Although, in principle, the desire of one European capital is enough to block them.

EU ministers tried to correct this today - meeting in Brussels, they discussed the possibility of approving the decision - not by unanimous vote, but by a simple majority.

"I am very optimistic that progress can be made on qualified majority voting.

We are discussing the areas in which this may be possible, especially in the field of general foreign and security policy," says German Minister for European Affairs Anna Lührmann.

The German minister recalled how the EU's joint response to Russia was repeatedly stopped by "one member state" - without diplomatically naming it.

However, it is not difficult to guess here for those who watched how the sanctions were introduced.

The ban on Russians buying real estate in the European Union was blocked by Cyprus - this is a popular destination for wealthy Russian tourists.

But Hungary stands out most noticeably among all: it is because of it that the oil embargo did not budge for a long time.

In the end, Budapest bargained for exemptions for pipeline oil - only then was the package approved.

And when it was necessary to extend the sanctions, she wanted to impose a veto until three Russian oligarchs close to Putin were removed from the blacklists.

In the end, she withdrew her request.

But the Orban government always criticizes anti-Russian sanctions.

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