Orban in Moscow with Putin, chronicle of a stormy day | EUROtoday

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Viktor Orban didn’t convey any message from Volodymyr Zelensky to Vladimir Putin. And the go to to Moscow of the Hungarian Prime Minister – the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirms – was determined with out searching for Kiev's consent or approval. Which reiterates: «The precept “no agreement on Ukraine without Ukraine” stays untouchable for our nation, we ask all states to strictly adhere to it». For Kiev's diplomacy, the peace components pursued by President Zelensky stays the one attainable path, «primarily based on respect for Ukrainian territorial integrity».

Putin's situations unacceptable

The situations reiterated by Putin are on the reverse excessive. What the Russian president calls Moscow's “peace initiative”, and which he was capable of spotlight once more with the assistance of Orban, begins from the demand for a withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from their very own territory, the 4 areas that Moscow partially occupies and has already annexed to the Russian Federation, along with Crimea. Far from searching for compromises, Putin has returned to insist on the requests already superior in mid-June in a speech to the Russian Foreign Ministry: the Ukrainian renunciation of the areas of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk. “There are also other conditions,” Putin added, “but these would be the subject of a detailed examination in the context of possible joint work.”

Political scientist Sergei Markov, near the Kremlin, clarifies Putin's “other conditions”: “Obviously denazification, demilitarization, de-derussification (of Ukraine) – Markov wrote on Telegram -. But the withdrawal of the Ukrainian army is symbolically impossible for the West. Therefore, this request implies the continuation of military operations.” At the top of the conferences within the Kremlin, spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirms: “There are currently no conditions for resuming negotiations on Ukraine.”

Initiative not agreed with Brussels

Orban's total day in Moscow – from the primary stormy reactions – was performed on the anomaly of an initiative not agreed with Brussels that the Hungarian prime minister had described in a radio interview as a “peace mission” that started three days earlier, on July 2, in Kiev, the place Orban met unexpectedly with Zelensky. Thus inaugurating the Hungarian semester of presidency of the EU, suggesting a turning level within the relations – thus far icy – between Budapest and Kiev. “You cannot make peace from a comfortable armchair in Brussels, waiting for the war to end by miracle,” Orban had mentioned, admitting, nonetheless, that he doesn’t have the EU's mandate to barter on Ukraine with Putin.

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But upon arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Orban posted a photograph on X with the emblem of the European presidency. Shortly after, within the Kremlin, Putin himself emphasised Orban's place “not only as our long-standing partner, but as president of the EU Council.” The first European chief within the Kremlin for the reason that invasion of Ukraine, in February 2022.