Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the West reportedly needs to strike an “agreement” with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on a new security architecture for Ukraine that must not include the return of temporarily occupied Crimea and NATO membership. The politician spoke about this in an interview with American pro-Russian propagandist Tucker Carlson, reports Bloomberg. Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko replied that Ukraine does not trade with its territories and sovereignty and neither will the world trade.
“We need to reach an agreement with the Russians on a new security architecture to ensure Ukraine’s security and sovereignty, but not NATO membership,” Orban said.
According to the Hungarian prime minister, the West should reach an “agreement” with the Russian dictator on a new security architecture for Ukraine, which should include neither the return of Crimea nor NATO membership.
Orban said returning temporarily occupied Crimea was “completely unrealistic”.
He also said that “the best chance for peace” is allegedly the return to power of the 45th US President Donald Trump and the end of military support to Ukraine.
“We don’t know how it is in Hungary, but Ukraine does not trade with its territories nor with its sovereignty. And the world will not trade. And the Russian leadership, no matter how much it attracts public advocates, will certainly bear the responsibility for all the harm done to Ukrainians,” the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry replied.
Nikolenko wrote that the ministry had already “started to worry” that Orban had long failed to call for a halt to arms sales to Ukraine and to legitimize the Russian Federation’s aggression.
According to him, “they even began to doubt the consistency of the Hungarian prime minister’s position”.
- On June 2, 2023, Orban called the counter-offensive a “slaughter”. He said Hungary should “do everything” to secure a ceasefire and peace talks before the start of Ukraine’s counteroffensive. Podolyak, an adviser to the Chairman of the Presidential Office, replied: “This is a deliberate humiliation of Europe and condoning of terrorism in the Russian Federation.”
- Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba replied to Orban’s words: “If you want to help, use your connections and contacts and convince Putin to leave Ukraine.”
- On July 1, Kuleba said he was tired of refuting Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s pointless arguments on the subject of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
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