Hungarian Prime Minister Maintains Communication with Putin Despite Criticism from Western Democracies

Hungary’s top diplomat warns that presence of Western troops in Ukraine could lead to ‘world war’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has maintained communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago. This stance has been criticized by most Western democracies as rigged, but it has not deterred Hungary from keeping lines of communication open with Russia.

Szijjártó, who had already stated that Hungary was not willing to send weapons or soldiers to Ukraine, told TASS that “words matter.” He expressed concern about the possibility of NATO member states sending troops to Ukraine, emphasizing the danger it poses in terms of security threats.

Szijjártó’s remarks follow French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement last month that Western ground troops in Ukraine should not be “ruled out.” This statement caused panic and received immediate pushback from most NATO allies, although not all European leaders condemned Macron’s message.

Orbán even congratulated Putin on his election win last month, which was widely criticized by most Western democracies as rigged. Despite this, he continues to maintain open lines of communication with Russia and has expressed a willingness to engage in discussions with Putin at any time if there is a need for interaction between the two leaders.

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