diplomat speaks out on assembly between Orban and Zelensky

39 diplomat speaks out on assembly between Orban and Zelensky

Extra preparation is required for talks between the leaders of Hungary and Ukraine to happen, Budapest has stated

The situations will not be but in place for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to carry their first assembly for the reason that combating between Kiev and Moscow started, a senior Hungarian diplomat has stated.

Relations between the neighbors have soured over the previous two years as Hungary – not like most different Western nations – has refused to offer weapons to Ukraine and persistently referred to as for a peaceable settlement of the battle with Russia. Budapest has additionally voiced opposition to Kiev changing into an EU member, and is at the moment blocking Brussels from offering a €50 billion ($55 billion) assist package deal to Ukraine.

When requested concerning the doable leaders’ talks throughout an interview with the Magyar Nemzet newspaper on Wednesday, Hungarian Deputy International Minister Levente Magyar replied that “in getting ready for the assembly between Vladimir Zelensky and Viktor Orban, we set a situation: first we should agree on the strategies of resolving the contentious points on the negotiating desk.”

“We haven’t obtained to that time but, so the assembly isn’t well timed in the meanwhile,” the diplomat confused, including that preparations for the high-level negotiations are persevering with.

Kiev’s tone in relations with Budapest was “already belligerent” earlier than February 2022, however turned worse after the launch of Russia’s navy operation, he famous. “We attributed this to heightened feelings, since Ukraine was clearly in a sort of panic within the first section of the battle, and it wasn’t even sure whether or not it might endure.” Budapest took this into consideration and didn’t react “to the typically harsh outbursts of Ukrainian leaders,” the deputy international minister added.

Levente Magyar reiterated that defending the rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia Area stays a precedence for Budapest. As for Kiev’s potential EU membership, “a doable accelerated accession [which the European Commission in pushing for] would certainly trigger extra hurt to the Hungarian folks than profit,” he stated.

Final week, Zelensky stated he want to maintain talks with Orban. The Hungarian PM confirmed that he had acquired such a suggestion, saying that the assembly “would possibly happen a while sooner or later.”

Zelensky and Orban had a short chat on the inauguration of Argentina’s President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires earlier this month, however the content material of their discussions stays unknown. The Ukrainian chief solely claimed that he challenged Orban to provide him at the very least one purpose why Kiev shouldn’t be within the EU.

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