Hungary is "undermining" Europe: the EU began to press hard on "Putin's ally" over Ukraine
Hungary's open opposition to Ukraine has led to increased pressure on the country from the EU. The EU intends not only to unblock the provision of 50 billion euros in financial assistance to Ukraine, but also to launch negotiations on its membership in the Union. At the same time, voices have begun to be heard in the EU that Hungary is opposed to European values.
This was reported by The Associated Press. It was reported:
- "Hungary depends on Russia for energy supplies."
- Prime Minister Viktor Orban is considered "President Vladimir Putin's most reliable ally in Europe";
- the Hungarian government has regularly blocked work on sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine.
"Pressure has increased on Hungary not to veto the start of negotiations with Ukraine on its membership in the European Union, as well as to provide economic assistance to the country. The draft statement following the EU summit says that its leaders decide to start accession talks with Ukraine, but Orban insists on the need for a "strategic discussion" ... because of uncertainty about the US leadership position after next year's elections," the statement said.
It is also noted that earlier Orban sent a letter to European Council President Charles Michel warning that "imposing a decision on Ukraine could destroy the unity of the EU." This caused surprise in other member states.
"The only way to understand Hungary's position, not only on Ukraine but on many other issues, is to accept that they are against Europe. And everything that Europe stands for," said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, according to international analysts, Orban is a catalyst for other destroyers of the European order - "from the new government in Slovakia to those seeking to form a far-right Cabinet in the Netherlands." Therefore, it seems that he is not only not afraid of tough actions by the EU (for example, the suspension of funding by the Union), but is also inspired by them to continue confrontation with the Union.