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Hungary’s Orbán Recommends, Instead of Arms to Ukraine, West Should Pursue Talks

Jan. 28, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—In an interview with Hungarian state radio yesterday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Germany’s decision to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine was emblematic of the growing role that Western countries are playing in the war. Instead of arming Ukraine, the West should seek “a ceasefire and peace talks.” Earlier he had said he did not believe in Ukraine’s victory and that Ukraine “is gradually turning into an uncontrollable ruin.” His radio interview remarks were reported by AP. Orbán Ukraine with Afghanistan, calling it a “land without an owner.”

In response, Kiev then called in the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said on his official Facebook page: “Another dismissive statement by Viktor Orbán against Ukraine. Such statements are categorically unacceptable. Budapest continues its course of deliberately destroying Hungarian-Ukrainian relations, significantly hindering the possibility of further dialogue between the two neighboring countries. The Hungarian ambassador will be summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for a frank conversation,” Nikolenko said.

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