"Tensions in Balkans are serious risk to Hungary," EU warned

The increasing tensions in the Western Balkans pose a serious risk to Hungary’s security, Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto has said.

Source: Tanjug, MTI
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According to him, this is why the EU integration of these countries should be sped up, including completing accession talks with Serbia by 2020.

Hungarian MTI agency reported that Szijjarto, who spoke during the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia, also said that due to "the ongoing border disputes, the rise of religious extremism and the rise of the threat of terrorism in the EU’s south-eastern neighboring region, it is not at all impossible that Europe will see another migration wave over the fall."

“This is why the instability in the western Balkans poses a serious security risk for Hungary,” he said noting that "if the region remains unstable, a large wave of migrants can easily storm through it and such a wave could reach Hungary’s southern border within a matter of hours."

Szijjarto also stressed that Hungary cannot stop the migrant wave alone and needs EU's help, suggesting that as part of the measures the organization should undertake, "Montenegro should also join the EU after its successful accession to NATO." He also "urged the EU to begin accession talks with Macedonia as soon as possible."

“If we fail to integrate the western Balkans into the EU, then the central European region will be completely defenseless from the south,” the Hungarian minister said.

He also wants the EU to support Western Balkans countries so they can "sustain the flow of migrants" on the route.

Szijjarto said that his country so far sent over a hundred police officers on border protection missions to Macedonia, whole Serbia "has also reached out to Hungary for help in protecting its southern border."

“And Hungary will help Serbia,” he said.

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