Hungary’s task is to develop a strong and modern army that deters anyone from attacking the country, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Saturday during the investiture ceremony of the new commander of the Hungarian armed forces in parliament.
“If there are problems, then it is we who must defend the homeland,” said the Prime Minister.
Orbán said the new commander, Major General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, would be responsible for integrating the army into Hungarian society, “winning over tens of thousands of young people” and training them to defend the homeland and respect military ideals.
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He said Hungary’s political leaders “made serious mistakes” before 2010 in abolishing conscription for military service without building a modern and competent army. “Fortunately, we were not forced to defend the homeland in armed conflict during this period,” he added.
Orbán said the absence of a strong army had been “unworthy” of Hungary’s centuries-old military traditions and international obligations. The government that came to power in 2010 inherited a weak country and a weak army “and all it could trust was membership in NATO,” he said.
Orbán said Hungarian troops had proven through a series of exercises and international missions “that they are just as good, if not better, than their foreign peers, earning their right to serve their homeland under adequate conditions. “.
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The prime minister said that in 2010 the government had to restore the country’s finances before it could proceed with the development of the army. After successfully strengthening the country’s economy and family policies, the government needed stability, predictability and money to develop a competent military and military industry, he said.
Orbán praised Defense Minister Tibor Benkő for his efforts “to bring Hungary this far” and Ferenc Korom, the former commander of the armed forces, for his role in “driving the army from a state of despair to a state of hope ”.
A free and independent country can only find confidence in its own strength and its own national army, especially in a region like central Europe, the prime minister said. This region, he said, has seen several incursions throughout history, “and without exception, the end result has always been catastrophic for our country and the region.”
“Therefore, we must build the region with the other peoples of Central Europe,” he added. “But good intentions alone are not enough. This task also requires strength, which means that in addition to financial stability, an effective army is also needed. “
Orbán said Hungary would not find an ally who would defend the country in its stead, “only with us”. “So if we are not strong we will be lost, and in the past our cause had always failed before the promised rescue came,” he added.
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The Prime Minister also thanked the Hungarian soldiers for their contribution to the country’s defense efforts against the pandemic.
In the photo presented, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks during the investiture of the new commander of the Hungarian armed forces, Major General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi. Featured photo via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page