Hungarian FM claims no deal made with Serbia to redirect refugees


Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday dismissed accusations that the Serbian and Hungarian governments had agreed to redirect refugees across Croatia.

“We never had an agreement with the government of Serbia about the route for migrants. Or about anything related to Croatia. Why would we do that?” Szijjarto said in an interview with the Serbian Tanjug news agency, claiming that Hungary never had consultations about the direction in which migrants would go.

Szijjarto described the ultimatum by Zagreb to the Serbian authorities that Croatia would open border crossings when Serbia begins to send migrants to Hungary as being “absolutely against European values, solidarity and behaviour.”

“They are not behaving in accordance with EU rules, with the Dublin regulation. Croatia is also not registering migrants who enter its territory, and does not act in accordance with international conventions according to which the EU should treat migrants. They are simply delivering them to Hungary,” Szijjarto said.

The Hungarian diplomat described Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s behaviour as part of his election campaign and added that he should “leave Serbs and Hungarians alone and conduct his election campaign inside Croatia.”

He added that he hoped “the emotional level will be lower” after the campaign and that after the election “the next prime minister will occupy himself with Croats, not with Hungary,” adding that the current behaviour was inappropriate.

Szijjarto said that relations between Croatia and Hungary should be much better considering the economy and trade and that the current, very low level of political relations could harm other forms of cooperation.