Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Moscow, January 22, 2021
Mr Minister, my dear Peter, colleagues, friends,
Welcome to Moscow. You have a very busy programme, which is indicative of our countries’ commitment to full implementation of the agreements reached at the highest level, including during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Budapest in October 2019.
We are mutually committed to energetically promote the entire range of trade and economic relations, including energy in its various dimensions. You have discussed these issues in detail with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Fighting the coronavirus pandemic is a new area of our cooperation. Today, you had a productive meeting with Minister of Healthcare Mikhail Murashko and CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, following which important documents were signed.
A test batch of our Sputnik V vaccine was a success in Hungary. We are in favour of continuing cooperation in this area.
Cultural, educational, and research exchanges play a significant role in bilateral relations. We are interested in responding to our citizens’ request to expand people-to-people contacts.
We hope that, during the meeting, we will focus on international issues, the state of affairs in Europe, transatlantic relations, and the conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East and Nagorno-Karabakh. We will also be willing to exchange opinions on a difficult dossier such as relations with the EU and NATO.