The resources necessary for the defence of our country are secured even in times of war, which means extraordinary spendings due to the ongoing war in our neighborhood – stated Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on his social media page on Saturday, 8 July.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky noted that together with the National Defence Fund, the 2024 defence budget passed by the National Assembly includes HUF 1823.1 billion allocated for defence spendings, defence innovation and the defence industry.
“For us, the defence of Hungary always comes first!”, stated the minister.
In a video belonging to the post, the minister said that the war is into its 500th day, and there is a continuous flow of tanks, aircraft and trained troops to the fronts, while no military solution to the conflict is in sight. Leading European and NATO powers are also convinced that this conflict can be solved through the continuation of the war and its escalation. “We think otherwise, Hungary has been on the side of peace from the beginnings. We urge a ceasefire and immediate peace talks”, emphasized the minister.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky pointed out that the National Assembly has approved the 2024 budget and within it, the GDP 2 per cent level of spendings on Hungary’s defence. In the video, the minister thanked the parliamentary group of the governing parties in the National Assembly for its support, which guarantees the security of Hungarian people. “Once again, it has turned out that we cannot count on the Left in the defence of our country”, he added.
According to the minister, the budget guarantees that Hungary is able to fulfil its NATO commitments and that it is possible to continue the development of the national armed forces of Hungary.
“The enactment of the 2024 defence budget will be a cause for pride to me next week, when I am going to inform NATO’s public opinion to assure it that we meet our commitments as an ally. We continue building our national armed forces, which also enables us to guarantee the security of Hungarian people and the defence of the country. Peace requires strength, we carry on with the work”, said Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.