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Hungary backs Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, PM tells Zelensky

Orbán: Hungary shares EU stance on Ukraine-Russia conflict

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday talked to European Council President Charles Michel, and said Hungary shared the stance of the European Union on the conflict unfolding between Ukraine and Russia, the PM's press chief said.

Talks between the leaders are ongoing, Bertalan Havasi said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced late on Monday that Russia acknowledged two separatist regions of Ukraine as the sovereign “Republic of Donetsk” and the “Republic of Luhansk”. He ordered Russian troops to enter the regions on “peacekeeping missions” later on Monday.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Tuesday morning said “we have to hope beyond hope for a diplomatic solution.”

Brussels has ramped up preparations to impose sanctions on Russia in the wake of Monday’s events, Szijjarto said on Facebook. There are ongoing talks on possible steps forward, he said.

“Hungary has never broken ranks with the EU on this issue. At the same time, we must not give up hope of a diplomatic solution,” Szijjarto said.

Hungary backs Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, PM tells Zelensky

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday discussed the Russian-Ukrainian situation in a phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, and assured him of Hungary’s continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the PM’s press chief said in a statement.

Orbán told Zelensky that as a neighbouring country, Hungary viewed the situation in Ukraine with concern, Bertalan Havasi told MTI.

The prime minister said that as part of the European coordinated response, Hungary will support the European Union’s joint efforts to settle the conflict, adding that the Hungarian government was in constant consultations with its Western allies.


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