Orban visits Kyiv for first time since war

Orban visits Kyiv for first time since war
Orban visits Kyiv for first time since war

The Hungarian prime minister, who has been an outspoken critic of Western support for Ukraine, is set to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

The prime minister of Hungary is visiting Ukraine for the first time since Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

Viktor Orban arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday morning for planned discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

It is understood that Orban and Zelenskyy will discuss opportunities for creating peace, as well as Hungarian-Ukrainian bilateral relations. 

Orban has “arrived in Kyiv for discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” his press secretary Bertalan Havasi said. 

The only EU leader to have maintained ties with Russia since the 2022 invasion, Orban is said to have warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Hungarian prime minister has publicly criticized Europe’s financial and military aid for Kyiv and temporarily blocked a 50-billion euro aid package for weeks.

Orban met Putin in October 2023 at a regional summit in Beijing, making him the first EU leader to do so since the war in Ukraine began.

In power since 2010, the nationalist leader has also condemned Brussels’ efforts to open formal European Union membership talks with Kyiv. However, he abstained rather than vetoed it. 

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