UPDATE - Czech, Hungarian Prime Ministers Slam EU For Poor Border Protection From Illegal Migrants

PRAGUE (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 23rd September, 2021) Prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Hungary noted on Wednesday that European Union's border protection policy was improper and hampered full prevention of illegal migration into Europe.

On Wednesday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrived in Hungary for an official two-day visit. Babis and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, visited an area near the Hungarian-Serbian border.

"In the European Union, the politicians lack the will to protect the borders properly. The funds that Brussels allocates for that are absolutely insufficient," Orban said at a joint press conference.

The Hungarian prime minister noted that the bloc had dragged for too long the process of admission of Serbia and other Balkan countries.

"The border protection should begin not here (in Hungary), but at the borders of those European countries that are located further south," Orban said.

Babis agreed with his Hungarian counterpart and reiterated that his country was not ready to receive illegal migrants.

"The Czech Republic is not going to receive illegal migrants, but is ready to help them in their (home) countries," Babis said, adding that the main concern was migration flows from Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.

Orban also addressed Babis with a request to send 50 Czech policemen to Hungary to strengthen the border protection.

"Mr Prime Minister (Orban) asked me to allocate 50 policemen for aid to Hungarian border guards to protect the southern border from illegal migrants. The same happened in 2015, during the migration crisis in Europe. I will propose it to our government for approval," Babis told reporters.

In late August, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto described the developments in Afghanistan as a threat to his country, as Afghan refugees might get in Hungary through Turkey or Western Balkans. Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek also said that Prague was not happy about Afghan migrants coming to Europe and expressed readiness to resolve the issues related to refugees to curb migration flows.