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Croatian President Defends Orbán in Minor Diplomatic Scandal

A comment by Viktor Orbán caused a bit of a minor diplomatic kerfuffle with Croatia, reports Népszava. The Hungarian Prime Minister claimed in his interview with Kossuth Rádió on Friday that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had “thumbed her nose” at Hungary’s geographic limitations, as the country does not have access to a seaport to facilitate oil transport, or at least “they would have one if it hadn’t been taken away from them.”

Croatia strongly objected to this last statement, with the Croatian Foreign Ministry even summoning Hungary’s ambassador in Zagreb.

However, Croatian President Zoran Milanović wasn’t bothered all that much by the comments. Appearing to defend Orbán, Milanović released a statement to N1 television news claiming that:

Viktor Orbán is a colorful personality, the prime minister of a friendly neighboring country. He has a repertoire that includes such small provincial obessessions as the sea. I wouldn’t take them too seriously.

It was previously reported that Zoran Milanović considered Viktor Orbán a “clown.” [Népszava]

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