Apr 7, 2022 7:51 am
The Hungarian leadership has been criticized for trying to maintain a degree of neutrality in the conflict since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Now the Hungarian President is proposing a Ukraine summit.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said he has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest for a meeting with leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine to urge the Russian leader to take immediate action in the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kyiv to declare a ceasefire. Without giving details, Orbán said, according to the AFP news agency:
“I have suggested to President Putin that he declare an immediate ceasefire.”
“His answer was positive, but with conditions.”
Orbán’s comments came after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy demanded that Hungary have to choose between Russia and the “other world”. It is not the first time that Zelensky has criticized the Hungarian leader for what he sees as a lack of support against the Russian offensive.
On Wednesday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called on Kyiv to stop insults directed at his country:
“This is not our war, so we want to and will stay out of it.”
Russian troops were deployed to Russia’s neighboring country at the end of February as part of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine and to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Russia’s national security interests. Kyiv has accused Moscow of an unprovoked offensive.
The EU, US and other countries have responded with unprecedented sanctions targeting Russian business and selected senior officials. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly condemned Russia’s special military operation.
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