Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to the question about the possibility of a ceasefire in Ukraine, which was raised during their meeting in Beijing, cannot be considered encouraging.
“Today everyone in Europe is asking one question: will there be a ceasefire in Ukraine? For us Hungarians and for all of Europe, the most important thing would be to put an end to the influx of refugees, sanctions and military actions in our neighborhood. The answer I received to this “The question from the Russian President was not, to put it mildly, encouraging,” Orban said in a video message on his page on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
He noted that Hungary will take this into account when planning its further actions. “For us Hungarians, it is important that, despite the war, we can maintain Hungarian-Russian cooperation in energy and other economic fields,” the head of government said. He accompanied this publication with video footage of a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation.
Putin: Orban knows how to defend his interests
As previously reported by the press secretary of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Bertalan Havasi, Orban noted in a conversation with the Russian President the need for an early end to the conflict in Ukraine.
On the eve of his trip to Beijing, Putin said in an interview with the China Media Corporation that Russia is ready to resolve the conflict in Ukraine through peaceful means, but this requires Kyiv to announce its readiness for negotiations.