A Hungarian politician and jurist. Prime Minister of Hungary. He is also the present leader of the national conservative Fidesz.
Victor Orban: “The Government of Hungary has made the right decision in Safarov‘s case”
Viktor Orban: “It is supposed that the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict will continue, and Hungary managed to get out of it by transferring the Azerbaijani convict. While he was here, his stay caused many conflicts and difficulties. The situation would not change in the future.” Source: news.am
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Azerbaijan covers the debt of Hungary?
The decision to extradite Ramil Safarov can aggravate the regional situation. This is said in the statement by the public organization Club of Young Diplomats.
“Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, who decided to extradite Safarov, frankly speaking is not liked by the people in his country and in the European Union. This is a matter of about 2-3 billion dollars, for which the murderer was released. Recently, Hungary has been trying to borrow from the European Union to cover some of the spending.
Unexpectedly, this is happening in a country that has been a member of the EU since 2004, in addition, in 2011 it presided over the EU for six months. It is surprising that the European Union does not miss the opportunity, urging countries to join it, following the example of other European countries in maintaining values. Where are all this, if the EU member for several billion dollars sells values?
The club calls on the EU to revisit the mechanism of the participating countries’ activities.”
Hungarian government made “correct and right” decision on Safarov case – Prime M
The Hungarian government’s decision to transfer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan was a “correct and right” decision, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Parliament on Monday responding to critical remarks by Socialist MP Laszlo Kovacs.
Kovacs noted that both the foreign and the justice ministries had opposed the move, arguing that the murderer would be immediately released upon his repatriation, politics.hu of Hungary reports.
Orban said the government had made a correct and right decision that complied with the rules of international law and Hungary’s legal practice.
“We would have done the same if an Armenian had killed an Azerbaijani. Hungary should follow its own interests rather than those of Armenia or Azerbaijan,” he said.
Kovacs remarked that Hungary had “meddled” in the conflict of Azerbaijan and Armenia. The benefit of the decision is still unclear, he said.
In response, Orban said the decision had not been motivated by the promise of any short-term benefits. In the long term, however, it will have a benefit, the premier said. The Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict, he said, is expected to last for a while, but “Hungary has got out of it by transferring the Azerbaijani convict. As long as he was here, he caused plenty of conflicts and difficulties and the situation would not have changed in the future either,” Viktor Orban said.
How Hungary sold to Azerbaijan a criminal for 2 billion euros
Armenia broke off diplomatic relations with Hungary. In Yerevan, indignant demonstrators tore off the flag from the building of the Hungarian consulate and burned it. According to Armenian President Serj Sargsyan, all this happened because “the authorities of the European Union and NATO of Hungary entered into a deal with the Azerbaijani authorities.”
The rapid cooling in relations between Hungary and Armenia came after Azeri officer Ramil Safarov arrived in Baku on August 31, who in 2004 killed his room-mate, an Armenian with an ax. Instead of the sentences of the Hungarian court at least 30 years in prison, Safarov served eight, and then suddenly was extradited to his homeland.
In Baku, he was received as a national hero: at the airport, the killer was met by representatives of the Ministries of Defence and Justice who immediately read him the decision of President Ilham Aliyev about his pardon. In addition, Safarov received the rank of major, the keys to the apartment given by the state, as well as all his officer’s salary, accumulated during the years of imprisonment in Hungary.
Baku honors of the national hero would have been impossible without the unexpected and inexplicable gesture of the Hungarian authorities. Over the previous eight years, Budapest has refused to extradite Baku, who in 2004, during an internship in Hungary, in the framework of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, killed his fellow programmer, an Armenian officer. 27-year-old Gurgen Markaryan allegedly teased Safarov, mocked him, although the main reason, according to the criminal himself, was that the murdered was an Armenian. Safarov did not hide that what he had done was revenge for the lost war in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani officer was born in the village, which was occupied by the Armenian army during the fighting in 1993 and is still under the control of the Armenian side.
This explains why Safarov was met as a hero in his homeland, but does not help to understand the motivation of the Hungarian leadership, which for the sake of the Azerbaijani agreed to arrange a serious international scandal and get another rebuff from the United States. Yes, the government of Victor Orban willingly talks about the Turkic roots of the Hungarians, accepts guests of the international festival of Turkic culture in the parliament and in general advocates the development of ties with the East.
But in itself historical ties with the Turks and the economic prospects of “oil rigs” is hardly enough for the Hungarian authorities to agree to such a risky gesture as Safarov’s extradition. After all, it was immediately clear that the officer would not be in Baku, although formally the Hungarians let Safarov go home for this, referring to the international agreements signed in Strasbourg back in 1983. Armenia’s indignant reaction was also quite easy to foresee. The more hypocritical is the official response of Budapest to the report on the severance of diplomatic relations, in which the government expresses its regret at the reaction of Yerevan.
It is clear that this scandal could not do without the economic component. In June, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban visited Baku, where he negotiated with Aliyev on the development of closer economic, that is, energy, ties with Azerbaijan. Then everyone decided that the speech was once again about the construction of the Nabucco pipeline, in which Hungary is also ready to participate. A few weeks later, information appeared that Hungary was going to sell its state bonds to Azerbaijan for a total of 2-3 billion euros.
The experts immediately began to wonder how the Hungarian government will be able to convince the Azerbajanis that these state bonds are an advantageous investment of their oil savings? The most likely then seemed to be Azerbaijan’s cooperation with the Hungarian energy monopoly MOL, which could invest in the exploration of Azerbaijan’s oil reserves.
Hungary needs money desperately in these days: negotiations with the IMF have not yet yielded any results, and it is becoming increasingly difficult and difficult to sell bonds on the free market because of the country’s unfavorable international image. In such conditions, a couple of billion euros from Azerbaijan is very useful for Prime Minister Orban, who does not like that Western creditors are closely watching how their loans are being spent. It is much more pleasant to acquire at least temporary economic freedom with the help of petrodollars. And this freedom for Orban is freedom for Safarov.