Opposition parties called on the government to take a stand on the situation in Ukraine. The Socialists challenged Prime Minister Orbán to do so unambiguously “after weeks of silence”, and the radical Jobbik even went as far as demanding full territorial autonomy for Transcarpathia minorities, most of whom are Hungarians. Such outbursts are perfectly normal during an election campaign, but let’s not forget that those Hungarians – and indeed Hungary itself – are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Cautious steps are needed in order to simultaneously avoid damaging the position of Hungarian minorities and the country’s relations with one of the superpowers of the world. This is a country that made the wrong choice in its history way too often because it acted hastily. Sure, with practically all superpowers – including China – condemning Putin’s moves and the fact that going to war over Crimea would cost the Russians a lot more than they would gain, it undoubtedly seems unlikely that the Bear’s aggression will lead to an out-of-hand situation. Then again there were times in history when someone losing a war seemed undoubtedly unlikely.