In a video uploaded to Facebook, opposition leader Péter Márki-Zay (pictured) called on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán not to hide behind the joint EU statement on Ukraine, but to “firmly distance himself” from Russian aggression.
Márki-Zay’s statement followed the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video on Monday night that Moscow would recognize the arbitrarily-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic. Putin then authorized the Russian armed forces to “ensure the peace” in the areas recognized by Moscow as independent of Ukraine.
Later that evening, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that “Hungary is part of the common EU position.” But Péter Márki-Zay said that this was not enough, and that the Prime Minister needed to take a clearer stand against the Russian President.
The opposition’s candidate for prime minister also called on Orban to pass a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting of the National Security Cabinet condemning Putin’s aggression and in support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, NATO, and our Western allies. [HVG]