Prime Minister Viktor Orban is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) in the Kremlin on the afternoon of February 1, Bertalan Havasi, deputy state secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, officially announced. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also informed Russian journalists of the visit on Monday.
Despite the lingering negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Hungary and Russia are continuing their joint economic projects, stated Havasi, several of which will be on the agenda of the summit. Viktor Orbán and Vladimir Putin also plan to discuss key international developments.
Havasi and Peskov each emphasized that both sides attach great importance to the Moscow visit, in view of further developing Hungarian-Russian bilateral relations.
The press chief added that Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would also hold talks at the same time as discussions take place between Viktor Orbán and Vladimir Putin.
The Russian President and the Hungarian Prime Minister are meeting as tensions are between Russia and Ukraine are at a critical point, with the West expecting a Russian attack on Ukraine for the past few weeks. In his Friday morning radio interview, Orbán said that Hungary supported peace in the region.
Péter Szijjártó originally announced the date of Viktor Orbán’s visit to Moscow in an interview with Russian news agency TASS on January 20.
Szijjártó said that the main topic of the meeting would be Paks II, the project to expand Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant, but that they would also discuss extending the gas supply contract, possibly manufacturing Russian vaccine Sputnik V in Hungary, and a joint space research project between the two countries. [HVG]