Mike Pompeo and péter Szijjártó (archive photo)
The United States signed an agreement on defence cooperation with Hungary
Signing the agreement was announced during events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of NATO
On the sidelines of two-day events marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO, the United States signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the defense sector with Hungary, which the American media hardly paid attention.
Hungarian media on Saturday was widely covered by the news, citing the statement of the Minister of foreign Affairs and trade péter Szijjártó, who called the agreement “a modernized version” of a contract 20 years ago.
US Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein said: “This agreement modernizes our past agreement on the status of the armed forces in accordance with the new realities in the sphere of defense.”
As explained by the expert from the Johns Hopkins University Daniel S. Hamilton, the agreement is a tool for the allocation of the signatory countries within the framework of the European initiative of deterrence, primarily for projects in infrastructure, as well as in the framework of cooperation in the sphere of missile defense. The U.S. has already concluded similar agreements with several countries and negotiating the conclusion of new.
The European initiative of containment, previously known as the Initiative on European security was introduced in 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and since then has been growing steadily. In the 2019 fiscal year, its budget exceeded $ 6.5 billion.
A few hours after the signing of the agreement between the United States and Hungary, the Hungarian foreign Minister announced that his government “appreciates” policy of the current administration of the United States against his country and Central Europe in General.
The U.S. state Department, in announcing the signing of the agreement, noted that it became possible thanks to the commitment of Hungary to strengthen relations with the US and the US desire to develop bilateral relations in Central Europe. Details of the agreement are still unknown.