Pompeo: China, Russia ‘eroding sovereignty and freedom’ in Europe

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"It also makes it more hard for America to be present", Pompeo said.

"If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more hard for us to partner alongside them".

He said that the U.S. was particularly concerned about a growing Chinese presence in the region and warned European allies against using technology from Huawei in their communications networks, saying it would make it more hard for Washington to "partner alongside them". The Trump administration, which wants to boost its partnership with Hungary and other central European countries, is warning that nations using Huawei equipment in critical infrastructure could open themselves to security risks. They get to make their own decisions.

Pompeo raised those concerns with Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been criticized for seeking closer ties with Russian Federation and China and for increasingly authoritarian rule at home. Both men have denied wrongdoing. Slovakia, which Pompeo visits before Poland, is looking to buy F-16 fighter jets.

Mr Szijjarto brushed off U.S. concerns over Russian Federation and China, saying Budapest was fulfilling its obligations to western allies as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Later in the day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also refuted Washington's "China threat" statement, saying this behavior is "neither fair nor moral".

The United States' actions to "suppress" Chinese companies' legitimate development interests were "extremely unfair and immoral", and were unbecoming of a great power, Hua said.

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Pompeo said he hoped to reverse what he called a decade of USA disengagement in Central and Eastern Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited.

During his visit to Budapest on February 11, Pompeo met with Hungary's right-wing populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, to stress the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Hungary on the first leg of a five-nation European tour during which he will raise concerns about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe.

"So numerous concerns that are voiced are things that have happened in the absence of America being engaged", he told reporters.

"This does not endanger us from being an ally", Szijjarto said.

"Hungary's government and President Donald Trump's administration represent an identical, or very similar, approaches in both general political and numerous global political issues", he said.

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