Hungary takes preventive action to control events at the border.
Hungary is also sending police units to North Macedonia and Serbia. Meanwhile, Austria sends police units to the Hungarian-Serbian border.
Reacting to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement that Turkey would no longer hold back migrants from Syria on their way to Europe, Austria’s Minister Karl Nehammer said, “The EU, Austria and Hungary will not allow to be blackmailed.”
This in response to Erdogan’s threats that a million migrants will soon be heading towards Europe. Of course, Erdogan is using the migrants as a political weapon; nevertheless, Orban is wise to prepare for Hungary’s defense.
– Hungary will protect its borders “under all circumstances” and will not let in any illegal migrants, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after talks with Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic in Belgrade on Monday.
Szijjarto said he had phoned his Greek counterpart and assured Greece of Hungary’s support. “Hungary knows what it is like when the country’s borders are under an organised attack … while the international liberal media is churning out fake news”.
The number of attempts for illegal entry along Hungary’s southern borders “showed a massive increase” in the first two months of the year, Gyorgy Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, told MTI on Monday.
Bakondi said that 6,597 people had been apprehended at the Hungary-Serbia border since January 1, compared with 1,315 in the same period of 2018 and 1,534 last year.
The advisor noted that 465 illegal migrants attempted to cross the Hungary-Romania border in the same period, up from a mere 12 in 2018 and 33 in 2019. Bakondi added that at present there were 321 migrants in Hungary’s transit zone, while legal proceedings were under way against 86 suspected people smugglers.