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Orbán’s Unwavering Communication with Putin Amidst War and Diplomatic Tensions: A Look into the Mind of a Controversial Leader

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

Orbán’s Unwavering Communication with Putin Amidst War and Diplomatic Tensions: A Look into the Mind of a Controversial Leader

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 includes congratulating Putin on his election win last month, which was widely criticized by most Western democracies as rigged.

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

In response to Macron’s statement, Szijjártó 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.

Hungary had already stated that it was not willing to send weapons or soldiers to Ukraine. Szijjártó reiterated this stance, stating that Putin and Orbán can have discussions at any time if there is a need for interaction between the two leaders. He also emphasized the importance of keeping communication channels open with Russia, even amidst conflict.

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