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Hungarians support ceasefire, peace talks

An overwhelming majority of Hungarians, 91 percent, support an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks, the Szazadveg Institute said on Friday.

Some 7 percent said the war should continue until Russian President Vladimir Putin is defeated, the pollster said in a statement.

Fully 62 percent were of the view that neither parties had a chance of winning the war, Szazadveg said. Fully 70 percent of respondents said the sanctions imposed on Russia harmed the European Union and Hungary.

The results are in line with the policies of the Hungarian government, which has been pursuing a pro-peace policy, urging a ceasefire rather than measures likely to escalate the conflict, Szazadveg said.

Szazadveg gauged public approach to the war and EU and US policies after EU and US politicians, including EU Vice-President Vera Jourova, MEP Guy Verhofstadt and David Pressman, the US Ambassador to Hungary, criticised Hungary’s policies with a view to putting pressure on the government to change its approach, Szazadveg said. Ukrainian deputy foreign minister Yevhen Perebyinis said Hungary was “blocking sanctions against Russia”.

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