Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen, Budapest, August 24, 2021
I am pleased to be in Budapest. I appreciate the opportunity to meet with you as part of my visit to the capital of your country.
We had a busy schedule, and it is not over yet. I had talks with my counterpart, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto.
I was flattered by the invitation to speak at the meeting of Hungarian ambassadors and permanent representatives at international organisations. The discussion we had attested the similarity of Russia and Hungary’s approaches to key aspects of governmental activities, including a country’s ability to pursue an independent policy based on its national interests.
Our two nations are also committed to traditional Christian values as an indispensable part of their activities within their countries and the international arena alike. We are aware of your position on these matters and honour it. We believe it is of principled importance to stand up for this approach, given that there are quite a few of those who are trying to cast doubt on and revise it.
I am happy that during my visit I have managed to meet you in person. I have heard a lot about you. I want to extend greetings to you from Metropolitan Ilarion, Head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.