Orban in Ukraine: A tough visitor for Zelenskyj | EUROtoday

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Status: 02.07.2024 20:08

For the primary time for the reason that begin of the Russian battle of aggression, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban has traveled to Ukraine. It is just not a straightforward go to for President Zelensky. In Kyiv, Orban referred to as on Ukraine to conform to a ceasefire.

Rebecca Barth

The final time Viktor Orban was in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko was nonetheless in energy in Kiev. The final go to was a superb ten years in the past. The new go to was preceded by loads of diplomatic work. But regardless of all his friendliness in entrance of the cameras, Hungary's prime minister is a tough visitor. This is even proven by the temporary press statements to journalists in Kiev at noon.

The go to was a transparent signal of frequent priorities, mentioned Zelensky. Orban, in flip, referred to as on his Ukrainian counterpart to shortly attain a ceasefire:

I’ve requested the President to think about a unique order, whether or not we will pace up the peace talks by first reaching a ceasefire. A ceasefire that comes with a deadline would supply a chance to hurry up the peace talks. I’ve mentioned this risk with the President and am grateful for his trustworthy solutions and negotiations.

Selenskyj: Plans for second peace summit

It is just not publicly recognized what the Ukrainian president mentioned in response to Orban's proposal. At the second, nevertheless, Ukraine is rejecting direct negotiations with Russia. The distrust is just too nice – additionally fed by numerous ceasefires that have been negotiated after which damaged within the Donbass battle from 2014 onwards.

Meanwhile, Ukraine continues to battle for worldwide assist for its imaginative and prescient of a simply and long-term peace. Hungary can play an efficient position on this, confused Zelenskyj. “We discussed in detail today how Hungary can demonstrate its leadership in preparing a second peace summit,” he mentioned. “We see the possibility of holding a second summit this year. We can make all the preparations for this in the coming months. We would be grateful for Hungary's support.”

Online portal describes Orban as “the Kremlin's Trojan horse”

Despite their expressed gratitude, Kyiv and Budapest disagree on many points. Another level of rivalry is the Hungarian minority within the western Ukrainian Carpathian area. Orban claims that they’re being oppressed and needed to speak to Zelensky about this. Kyiv rejects the accusations – however has been pressured to barter an entire record of calls for from Budapest since January.

Olha Stefanishyna, Ukrainian Minister for European Integration, lately described the Orban authorities as a “group of special people with a special approach to negotiations.” “I would like to point out that there is a statement from the Hungarian community in which they support Ukraine and reject any accusations of oppression,” she stresses. “They even turned directly to Prime Minister Orban, asking him to stop. Ukraine is already suffering a lot.”

Many Ukrainians view Orban critically. The on-line portal NV lately described the Hungarian Prime Minister because the “Trojan horse of the Kremlin”. In the previous, he had repeatedly criticized and delayed navy and monetary assist to Ukraine.