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The head of Hungary is considered the best ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the European Union.

TOMS CULNINS/EPA

The head of Hungary is considered the best ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the European Union.

TOMS CULNINS/EPA

Hungary, the only NATO country besides Turkey that has not ratified the membership of Sweden and Finland in the Western defense organization, has postponed it from this Thursday to next year.

The Hungarian parliament will decide on the issue by voting on it “in its first session” in 2023.Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on the sidelines of the Visegrad Group (V4, a cooperation alliance between four Central European countries: Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) summit in the Slovak city of Kosice.

However, Orban reassured the two Nordic countries of his support for joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine launched by Russia at the end of February this year.

This Thursday, V4 agreed that one of its “strategic goals” is advocate for the preservation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and not let Russia threaten European security, Orban said at a press conference after attending the group’s summit in Slovakia’s second-largest city in the country’s east.

“We have agreed on two strategic goals” regarding Ukraine, said the chief executive of Hungary, which he considers Russian President Vladimir Putin’s best ally in the European Union (EU).

The leader of the ruling Hungarian Fidesz (conservative) party elaborated that the first goal implies that “Russia should not pose a threat to the security of Europe.” and second, that “Ukraine must preserve its territorial integrity.”

According to Orban, this is a “minimal agreement” on Ukraine reached by the leaders of the Visegrad Group, a regional bloc that has celebrated its 30th anniversary and whose harmony has been undermined in recent months. The indecisive position of Budapest towards Moscow🇧🇷

Although Hungary has so far participated in all EU-imposed sanctions packages on the Kremlin, its restraint and veto threats have limited some of these punitive measures.

Moreover, Budapest not only refuses to supply weapons to Ukraine, but also does not allow weapons sent by other member states to pass through its territory.

Orban reaffirmed his position this Thursday, saying he will decide whether or not to provide military support to Ukraine. is the “sovereign right” of each country🇧🇷

On the other hand, he assured that Hungary would participate in the new financial assistance to Ukraine approved by the EU, although he denied that the community bloc takes on more debt in order to be able to realize this support.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.8 million – to European countries, according to the latest UN figures. which classifies this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

The Russian invasion — justified by Putin as the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security — was condemned by the international community as a whole, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions against Russia.

The UN has presented 6,595 civilians killed and 10,189 wounded since the beginning of the war, which is now 274 days long, as confirmed, stressing that these numbers are much lower than the real ones.

Source: Observador

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