The Blooming Relations Between Hungary and Azerbaijan

EU Pragmatism with Eastern Partnership on Display

23 March 2021

For more than a decade, Hungary and Azerbaijan have developed excellent bilateral relations. A foreign policy choice at odds with Budapest claims to defend the ‘persecuted Christians’ in the East but in line with the EU’s pragmatic diplomacy with Baku.

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the control of Nagorno-Karabakh had only started a few days earlier, but the Foreign Minister of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, already expressed Hungary’s support for the authoritarian regime of Azerbaijan very diplomatically:

“The Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh lies within the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan, and Hungary supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states as a general principle of international law.” 

Hence, Szijjártó’s recent visit to Baku on 10 March did not come as a surprise.

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Thomas Laffitte

Journalist at Le Courrier d’Europe centrale, an online French-speaking newspaper focusing on Central Europe. Graduate of International Relations at the Central European University.

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