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From: Tim Vincent Dicke

In the midst of the Ukraine conflict, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visits Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin in Moscow. All developments in the news ticker.

  • In the conflict between Russia* and Ukraine wants the President of USA*, Joe Biden*, send additional troops to Eastern Europe.
  • Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is traveling to a meeting Wladimir Putin* To moskau.
  • Poland is likely to be displeased with the right-wing populist’s visit to the Kremlin boss.
  • All information and news about the Ukraine conflict in our current news ticker.

Moscow – As the conflict over Ukraine continues to intensify, Russian President Vladimir Putin met the Hungarian head of government on Tuesday (02/01/2022). Viktor Orban* received in Moscow. At the start of the meeting, Orban said his visit to the Russian capital was part of a “peace mission”. In the EU, nobody wants “war,” he stressed. “We are ready for a rational agreement.”

Before the controversial visit, Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko had clearly criticized NATO’s handling of the Ukraine crisis. “There is no need to send 1,000 NATO soldiers to Hungary and station them here permanently,” Benko said in an interview published in Hungarian media on Tuesday.

Reception at Putin’s: Viktor Orban visits Russia in the middle of the Ukraine conflict

In the current situation, heads of state and government should not resort to “Cold War rhetoric”, Benko warned. “Nobody wants to create a situation where people are scared and worried.”

The Secretary of Defense was apparently alluding to the announcement by US President Joe Biden that he would send additional US forces to the Eastern European NATO countries because of the conflict with Russia. The United States and other western countries fear a Russian invasion of the neighboring country because of a massive Russian troop deployment on the Ukrainian border.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, sit at a table during the meeting in the Kremlin. © Mikhail Klimentyev/imago

In a joint statement, the Hungarian opposition parties called on Orban to cancel his visit to Moscow. The parties argued that this contradicted Hungary’s national interests. By meeting with Putin, Orban is “indirectly encouraging the Russian President to further escalate the current tensions.”

Ukraine conflict: Orban’s visit to Russia with Vladimir Putin should displease Poland

Orban’s visit is likely to cause resentment among his close Eastern European allies. Together with the right-wing Polish government, Orban forms an inner-European front against the EU Commission accusing both Poland and Hungary of violating the rule of law*. In dealing with Russia, however, Warsaw and Budapest are pursuing opposite approaches.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday as a sign of solidarity. Hungary has been a member of NATO since 1999 and a member of the EU since 2004 – the right-wing populist Prime Minister Orban, of whom Donald Trump is also a big fan*, but has much closer ties to the Kremlin than many of its western partners. Also in the current Ukraine crisis Orban takes a softer stance on Moscow*.

Last but not least, Orban’s visit to Moscow is likely to be motivated by domestic politics. A new parliament will be elected in Hungary in March 2022. Polls say yes close race between Orban’s Fidesz party and an opposition alliance* in advance. (tvd / AFP) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.


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