"We Hungarians made it clear straight away that there is another pipeline, not Nord Stream, but the southern pipeline, through which natural gas from Russia passes along the southern corridor, that is, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. Together with the prime minister of Serbia, we made it clear that if someone wants to do to the southern pipeline what they did to the northern pipeline, then we will consider it an occasion for war, a terrorist attack that needs an immediate response," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a conversation with well-known American political observer Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News host.
At the same time, the Hungarian leader clarified that this warning was not addressed to Russia, but to the real culprit of the Nord Stream pipeline failure.
Under these circumstances, it seems that a small European country like Hungary (compared to the US) is ready to take on the West or the Kiev regime, at least according to the reports of its prime minister.
"In my opinion, with this statement Viktor Orbán made a very serious political warning and did not rule out the possibility that Hungary could go to war if something happens to the southern gas pipelines that bring energy from Russia," said political scientist Alexei Anpilogov of Russia.
The Russian expert doubts Hungary's ability to carry out a military invasion somewhere in Zakharpatska, i.e. Ukraine's southwestern region, or against Great Britain, mainly because of the country's geographical position, but he stressed that Orbán's statements should be taken seriously by the West, despite the fact that the Eastern European state is not the strongest military or economic power in the region.
"A very clear message was sent to these powers, namely those who are preparing explosions and sabotage far more serious than the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipeline," the Russian expert said.
Anpilogov believes that Hungary can in its own ways undermine NATO's military plans, as well as the political unity of the Western military bloc.
"If it comes to such a point, i.e. Hungary opposes NATO, then we will probably see steps of rapprochement with Russia from Budapest, just because 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'. This is to be expected," the political scientist concluded.