EU Outraged by Orbán's Planned Moscow Visit

EU Outraged by Orbán's Planned Moscow Visit

European Council President Charles Michel and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk have raised concerns over reports that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban may be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday. Orban, who currently holds the EU rotating presidency, is the only head of a national government within the EU to maintain close ties with the Kremlin since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Michel emphasized that Orban has no mandate to engage with Russia on behalf of the EU, particularly concerning discussions about Ukraine. The Financial Times and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty have reported that Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto will accompany Orban. This potential meeting follows Orban's recent criticism of Western support for Ukraine and his previous actions to slow the agreement on a €50 billion EU aid package intended to support Ukraine in its defense against Russia. Meanwhile, Russian President Putin has expressed openness to negotiating with Kyiv, a stance met with skepticism by many Ukrainians who fear that any ceasefire could solidify Russia's control over seized territories.

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