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PM’s policy director: Hungary did not take part in vote on Ukraine’s EU accession

Hungary did not take part in the vote on starting Ukraine's EU accession process, the prime minister's policy director said in Brussels on Thursday, since it did not consider the country to be ready to start talks.

“Hungary’s position is clear,” Balazs Orban told Hungarian journalists during the European Union summit, noting that it did not consider Ukraine to be ready, and this is why it “suggested that negotiations should not begin”.

But 26 EU member states “thought differently”, he said.

“So after the talks, Hungary decided to leave the room and did not take part in the vote. Hence, Hungary did not prevent the decision from being taken, but it won’t take responsibility for this erroneous decision,” he said.

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