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Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán , said on Tuesday in Moscow, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that “no European leader wants war”, referring to tensions involving Ukraine.
After the Hungarian opposition asked him to cancel his visit to the Russian capital, Orbán had promised he would consult with allies in the European Union and NATO before boarding, and decided to travel.
“No leader European wants war. We are in favor of peaceful agreements”, said Orbán at the beginning of the meeting with Putin in the Kremlin.
Both the Hungarian premier and the Russian leader are also scheduled to meet this month with the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in their respective countries.
Unlike other Eastern European countries like Po lonia, Romania and Bulgaria, Hungary has not clearly expressed support for Ukraine in the last few weeks on issues with Russia.
Recently, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, assured that his country will not support Ukraine as long as it continues to discriminate against the Hungarian minority on Ukrainian territory, estimated at One thousand people.
According to the Budapest press, Orbán wants to strengthen economic cooperation with Russia ahead of the April parliamentary elections, in which the opposition has a chance to oust him from power.
Yesterday, the Kremlin praised the Hungarian leader’s independence in his choice of partners.
“We are impressed by Hungary’s independent position in the pursuit of its own interests and in choosing its partners,” said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
8011867392001This Tuesday, Putin supported Orbán in relation to the April election, saying that he “has done a lot for the interests of Hungary and the Russian Federation “.
Furthermore, he assured that Moscow will work “with whoever elected prime minister” of Hungary.
Orbán has already declared that he intends to ” Cooperate with Russia for many years.”