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Hungary a Part of Joint EU Position on Ukraine, Says Orbán After Putin’s Declaration

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Viktor Orbán posted on social media shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to send the Russian army to eastern Ukraine:

I talked to the President of the European Council by phone about the situation in eastern Ukraine tonight. I made it clear to him that Hungary is part of the common EU position. The talks are ongoing.

-read the post on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page shortly after 11:30pm on Monday evening.

It is not clear whether the talks referred to by Orbán took place before Putin sent the Russian army as “peacekeepers” into the two breakaway territories of Ukraine, or whether only Russia’s recognition of Luhansk and the Donetsk People’s Republic as independent states was known at the time.

HVG notes that Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó did not react on Monday to the latest developments in Ukraine.

It was also not clear to the news source why Viktor Orbán, who travelled to Moscow on February 1 on an “icebreaking” diplomatic mission, was not able to prevent war in the region. [HVG]

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  1. Misi bacsi

    The traitorous Orban ( to Hungary, NATO and the EU) is desperately trying to escape the embrace of Putin with his opportunistic support for the “EU common position”, not because he recognizes any ethical dilemma. No-sadly Orban knows that most Hungarian voters are not pro Putin, let alone pro Russian, a danger to the regime’s survival. And even more important, Orban fears EU punishment, which might cause Hungarian voters to finally desert the so called “strongman”. Given how close Hungary is to national elections, it is no surprise to find a retreat from his embrace of Putin. Thanks for the short, but clear cut summary of Orban’s most recent opportunistic peacock dance.

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