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Macron and Orbán Discuss Energy Security Issues

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister’s Press Chief, told news agency MTI.

The two leaders discussed issues related to Europe’s energy security, said the tight-lipped Havasi.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen took a surprise trip to Budapest on Monday to meet with Orbán and attempt to convince him to support energy sanctions against Russia.

Leaked information about the discussions has suggested that the EU will give a longer period for Hungary and other countries heavily dependent on Russian oil to transition to different sources, and will also reportedly provide financial resources to manage the process. [Magyar Hang]

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