MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti) – The United States imposed sanctions against some Hungarian officials and businessmen over their alleged involvement in corruption, Deutsche Welle has reported, citing US charge d'affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest Andre Goodfriend.
The diplomat did not name the corruption suspects, who were denied entry visas to the United States.
According to the local media reports, the entry ban could target people associated with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and be a response to Hungary's rapprochement with Russia.
The United States and its allies have already imposed several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia, accusing it of supporting independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine.
Earlier on Thursday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said he sanctions imposed against Russia by the West are not helping in resolving the situation in Ukraine and are hurting the economies of EU member-states.
Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly stated that Western sanctions undermine economic stability in the world and hurt not only the target country but also those using the measure.