Hungary PM Orban visits wartime Kyiv for talks with Zelenskyy

KYIV: Hungarian Top Minister Viktor Orban, an outspoken critic of Western army support to Ukraine, paid a wonder consult with to Kyiv on Tuesday (Jul 2) for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Orban, who has the warmest family members of any Ecu chief with Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrived an afternoon after Hungary assumed the rotating six-month presidency of the EU Council. It’s his first consult with to Kyiv in additional than a decade.

“The purpose of the Hungarian presidency is to give a contribution to fixing the demanding situations forward of the Ecu Union. That is why my first travel was once to Kyiv,” Orban wrote on Fb beneath {a photograph} of him shaking palms with Zelenskyy.

One at a time, his press leader Bertalan Havasi advised Reuters in an electronic mail that the 2 leaders would talk about bilateral family members, announcing “crucial matter of the talks is the danger to create peace”, however gave no main points.

Zelenskyy and Orban had been anticipated to ship statements to newshounds afterward Tuesday.

Ties between the neighbours have come beneath heavy pressure since Russia introduced its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24, 2022, with Budapest ceaselessly opposing Ecu Union efforts to beef up Kyiv.

Underneath Orban, who dissatisfied Western companions by means of maintaining talks with Putin closing October, Hungary has again and again accused Ukraine of curtailing the rights of more or less 150,000 ethnic Hungarians dwelling within the a long way west of Ukraine.

Kyiv has denied such a infringements however mentioned it’s going to do the whole lot to handle Budapest’s issues, which centre across the ethnic Hungarian minority’s language rights and native-language education.

Ukraine is raring to safe Hungary’s backing because it is predicated closely on monetary and army beef up from the 27-member EU, the place unanimity is wanted for lots of choices.

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