Hungary’s Orban says Europe ‘drifting into’ Ukraine war

Feb 18, 2023

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Europe was “indirectly at war with Russia”, as several European countries pledge to send battle tanks to help Ukraine fight Moscow’s invasion.

The nationalist leader, who was re-elected in 2022 for a fourth consecutive term, reiterated that being a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) member was “vital” for Hungary, but said his government would not send arms to Ukraine or sever its economic relations with Moscow.

Landlocked Hungary is heavily reliant on Russian natural gas and crude oil imports, and Russian energy giant Rosatom is building a nuclear plant in the country based on a 2014 contract.

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