Peter Szijjarto – Hungarian Foreign Minister
Hungary is ready to pay for Russian gas in rubles, as per Moscow’s demands, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Foreign Minister said on Monday. “We have a solution that will allow us not to violate any sanctions, but at the same time ensure gas supplies to Hungary,” BAHA news quoted him as saying.
Xing Haiming – Chinese ambassador to Seoul
The relations between Beijing and Seoul are not “a zero-sum, winner-takes-all game,” Chinese ambassador to South Korea’s Seoul, Xing Haiming, said on Monday, adding that the two countries have “stood together through thick and thin.” He also stated that the Ukraine crisis could evolve into a “new Cold War.”
Imran Khan – former Prime Minister
Pakistan elected Shehbaz Sharif as new prime minister on Monday. Imran Khan, the former premier stated that “for that person [Shehbaz Sharif] to be selected and elected as the Prime Minister, there cannot be a bigger insult to the country” as he referred to Sharif’s alleged corruption scandals, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Khan’s political party posted on its Twitter account.
Jose Manuel Albares – Spanish Foreign Minister
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares expressed his skepticism about the meeting between Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. “Vladimir Putin has already given many signs that he does not want dialogue, but simply war,” Albares said ahead of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg.