V4 to Help Lithuania Halt Migrants

The Visegrad Group countries, which oppose the mandatory resettlement quotas and Brussels’ immigration policy, have agreed to help Lithuania contain the wave of refugees from Belarus, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said after talks with his V4 counterparts on Monday.

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will specify the details in the days to come and coordinate the various forms of aid to Lithuania, including human resources, technical equipment and erecting a fence along the border, Szijjártó told a press conference in front of the town hall of Komárom in northern Hungary. “The Visegrad countries will jointly help their Lithuanian friends defend the external borders of the European Union,” he said.

Szijjártó said the Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group gave priority to boosting quick economic recovery in the whole region. As tax rises would not help the economy restart, Hungary continues to oppose the introduction of the global minimum tax, he said.

Praising the four countries for the fiscal and financial discipline, Szijjártó said that “those who are unable to conduct disciplined policies should not impose higher taxes stemming from their incorrect fiscal policies on us.”

The minister said that Hungary’s trade with its three Visegrad partners amounted to 30 billion euros last year.



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