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Hungary supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration

The Lynx is the Hungarians’ new big cat and pride

Text: honvedelem.hu/MTI | Photo: Szebáld Szakál, Sztaniszláv Horváth |  10:43 September 18, 2023

“Hungary supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration”, said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky after conducting a discussion with the Georgian minister of defence in Budapest on 15 September.


Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky pointed out that after his summer visit to Tbilisi, the current meeting had given an opportunity to strengthen the ties of cooperation between the two countries. He added that the dialogue between the two countries is easy because they have similar cultures and geographical features. Both nations are wedged into the sea of other nations, have a small population size and speak special languages as independent countries with closed cultures that are committed to the values of Christianity, said the minister of defence.

He stated that Hungary is firmly behind Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, and noted that next year Hungary will take over the presidency of the European Union, so it will have a chance to promote this process. He also told the press that they had reviewed the situation of the war situation in Ukraine, and agreed that it is a prolonged, bloody war that involves the risk of potential escalation.

According to Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Georgia can be considered as “the grand master of peace”, although it is serious conflict with its neighbor. He pointed out that Hungary stands up for Georgia’s territorial integrity and independence. Georgia is able to preserve peace, and Hungary shares this goal concerning the Russo-Ukrainian War, he said, adding that ceasefire and peace talks are the only solution to the war. At their meeting, the two sides also discussed possibilities for bilateral military and defence policy cooperation. The minister pointed out that the soldiers of the two countries are mutually present in education and training programs and on military exercises.


Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky also said that he had informed the Georgian minister of defence about the defence industry investments that are producers in Hungary, as well as about their inherent military and economic potentials. Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze emphasized that Georgia and Hungary have friendly relations.

“Our nations, our countries, our societies have a lot of mutual cultural values and identities”, he said. The minister noted that during the meeting, the two sides discussed their common values, future vision and also the possibilities of potential cooperation between the two countries and the ministries. Juansher Burchuladze expressed his hope that the cooperation between the two countries would be taken to the next level as a result of their discussion.

According to a post on his social media site, following the discussion, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky informed his guest about the successful “Man to the hardware” campaign, and showed him the latest state-of-the-art members of the Hungarian Defence Forces, the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle and the ProTAR air defence target drone as well.