Putin sticks to his calls for in opposition to Viktor Orban and embarrasses Brussels | EUROtoday

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VLadimir Putin caught to his weapons on Friday when he acquired Hungarian Prime Minister and EU consultant Viktor Orban within the Kremlin to debate the battle in Ukraine.

“Russia wants a complete and definitive end to the conflict, the condition for this is (…) the complete withdrawal of all Ukrainian soldiers from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and from the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions,” the Russian president instructed the press after the assembly, reiterating his calls for, which had already been dismissed in mid-June by kyiv and the West.

“There are still many steps to take” to “end the war” and “establish peace,” the Hungarian chief acknowledged, alongside Vladimir Putin. “There are fewer and fewer people who can speak to all the belligerents and Hungary” is ready to take action, he assured.

Victor Orban visited the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, the place President Volodymyr Zelensky additionally reiterated his calls for for a whole Russian withdrawal from Ukrainian territory and the cost of reparations.

Brussels in embarrassment

The Russian head of state took benefit of the go to of his solely ally within the European Union to embarrass Brussels, all this just some days earlier than a NATO summit in Washington the place Ukraine might be mentioned.

At the start of the assembly, he burdened that the Hungarian Prime Minister had arrived in Moscow “not only as a long-standing partner but also as President of the Council” of the Union.

The ambiguity of Viktor Orban's twin position has irritated Budapest's European companions, who current themselves as unwavering supporters of Ukraine and have reduce ties with Russia.

For the top of European diplomacy Josep Borrell, the Hungarian Prime Minister “does not represent the EU in any way”, whereas the Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, joked that it was less than Moscow to grasp the “subtlety of powers” in Brussels.

Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, which brings collectively the leaders of the Twenty-Seven, had reacted on Thursday night to the unofficial announcement of this journey. “The rotating presidency of the EU has no mandate to engage in dialogue with Russia on behalf of the EU,” wrote Mr. Michel on X, stressing that, for the 27, “Russia is the aggressor, Ukraine is the victim” and that “no discussion can take place without Ukraine.”