Prime minister Viktor Orbán – Photo: PMO

Orbán: Hungary supports Ukraine EU membership, rejects further sanctions

Viktor Orbán has reaffirmed Hungary's support for Ukraine's bid to attain candidate status for European Union membership. Attending an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, prime minister said in a video message on Facebook that he said "yes" to Ukraine's EU bid and to peace but "no" to further sanctions.

Orbán blamed the EU for proposing further successive sanctions and bringing about economic woes on top of the war. “What we now need is peace, not further sanctions, because peace is the only antidote to war inflation,” he said.

Discussions ahead, he said, would include Europe’s economic situation, “which is hardly rosy”.

Orbán noted he held talks with the leaders of Western Balkan countries in the morning.

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