George Soros’ organization is behind the persecution of former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with Radio Koshut.

According to Orbán, it is only normal for Budapest to help the former Macedonian prime minister because he too has helped Hungary defend itself against a surge of migrants.

“This is a former leader of a close country, a country that played a key role in dealing with illegal migration. Without their assistance it would have been a lot more difficult to defend Hungarian borders, a man should treat his allies with honour,” said Orbán, stressing that he and Gruevski were allies.

As he points out, Hungary has been a functioning democracy for 30 years, and this is not the first time it has received important people, but previous cases did not weight as much as Gruevski.

He pointed out that Hungarian authorities will guarantee Gruevski’s security, who, as he said, faced complicated battles in Macedonia.

When asked about Macedonia’s extradition request, Orbán said Hungary would give Gruevski fair treatment, and the government will not interfere with the legal procedures run by the competent bodies.