PM Ponta: There are tensions in relation with Hungary, can be managed in European manner

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said late on Friday that while there are tensions in the relation with neighbouring Hungary, they can be managed in a European manner.

“There categorically are, but I think we can manage them in a European manner. That is, like two good neighbours, like two countries that have the same democratic standards, because otherwise we wouldn’t have been members of the European Union and NATO”, Ponta told Antena 3 private news channel when asked whether in his opinion there are tensions in the Romanian-Hungarian relations at this moment, after recent remarks made by Budapest officials and the Romanian side’s reaction.

Asked what kind of relation has he with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Ponta replied “No kind of relation at all”, adding that “maybe [Romanian] President [Klaus] Iohannis has and it is enough”. “They meet in the EPP forums (…) As long as we – countries, governments, peoples – respect each other, everything is ok”, he added.

The prime minister said the Hungarian ambassador in Bucharest “exaggerated in insolence” in a recent interview that stirred reactions on both sides. “I am using a non-diplomatic term which I am convinced he will translate into Hungarian. No ambassador of any country has ever taken the liberty in Romania and no Romanian ambassador ever take themselves the liberty abroad to give interviews to the press with insolence targeting Romania. That is the reason why the foreign ministry had a correct attitude, in my opinion,” Ponta said, stressing Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu had consulted him when expressing the ministry stand.

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