Hungary is ready to help out Ukraine but it cannot compromise its own energy security, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Dunaújváros on Monday. “Ukrainians can rely on us,” Orbán said but added that “we cannot help others if doing so would mean giving up our own energy security”. He argued that in summer Hungary was in a position to supply Ukraine with gas but now, when Ukraine can be supplied through Slovakia, “Hungary must mind its own interests” and fill up its gas reserves. “That way it is fair and right,” he said. Three days earlier, Orbán said Hungary will speed the stock-up of its gas reserves. His comment followed the suspension of Hungarian gas deliveries towards Ukraine. A unit of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL suspended deliveries on 25 September for an unspecified period, citing increased need for domestic supplies. Ukraine has been importing gas via Hungary since 1 May. Ukrainian gas delivery unit Naftogaz said the cessation had been unexpected and called on its Hungarian partner to observe the contractual commitments. Orbán said Hungary’s natural gas stock stood at nearly 60% of capacity.