Orban says he will prevent Ukraine's accession talks to the EU from starting
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, known for his scandalous statements about Ukraine, said that he would prevent the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union. He called Brussels' promise to start them a mistake.
Orban made the statement on Saturday, November 18, speaking at the congress of Hungary's ruling Fidesz party, Reuters reports. The politician also promised that he would fight "EU attempts to resettle migrants in Hungary."
"Correcting the false promise (of Brussels - Ed.) to start negotiations (with Ukraine on EU membership - Ed.) will also be our task as Ukraine is now light years away from the EU," he said.
Thus, the Hungarian prime minister reiterated that his government opposes the start of negotiations with Ukraine on its accession to the EU.
He also said that Hungary should say "no" to the current European model built in Brussels, but added that the European Union needs to be changed, not abandoned.
It should be noted that on November 18, Viktor Orban was re-elected as the head of the Fidesz party during its 30th congress, Dimsum Daily writes. Orban previously held this position from 1993 to 2000 and then remained in office since 2003.
"Orban emphasized the importance of protecting national interests and warned against potential threats such as rising migration, social unrest and ideological influence on education. He called for the implementation of laws to prevent the betrayal of the nation's interests," the statement said.
As a reminder, the European Commission has recommended starting negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. The issue must be approved by 27 member states at the next summit in Brussels on December 14-15. However, Hungary and Poland have expressed their claims to Ukraine, which could really complicate the negotiation process. Read more about this in our article.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- Earlier, Orban said that our country allegedly did not fulfill the requirements for joining the European Union, so the EU should offer Kyiv a "privileged partnership" instead of membership.
- Viktor Orban's government is threatening to veto the next EU summit in December. It said it would block negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU and demanded that a number of conditions be met.
- Meanwhile, EU diplomats are dissatisfied with Hungary's position, which is constantly changing its demands for military assistance to Ukraine and our country's membership in the union. Budapest's position has been called a "Russian nesting doll".