Orban grasped the degree of disagreement between Russia and Ukraine after talking with Putin

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated that after visiting Moscow and Kyiv, he acknowledged that the two sides’ viewpoints on the Russia-Ukraine war, which Putin launched in February 2022, are “very far apart.”

Viktor Orban stated this during a press conference with Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The Hungarian Prime Minister, who is considered the most pro-Russian leader in the EU, stated that the meeting with Putin was unique because it “took place during the war.”

Russia’s and Ukraine’s viewpoints on the war are “very far apart” – Orban

“Over the past two and a half years, we have realized that we cannot achieve peace without dialogue and diplomatic channels,” Viktor Orban told reporters.

Orban claims that “Hungary is one of the few” countries that can communicate with both sides of Russia’s war, which is why he was in Kyiv and is now in Moscow.

“I felt that the positions are very far from each other and that many steps need to be taken to establish peace, but the first important step towards dialogue has already been taken,” the prime minister of Hungary told reporters.

Orban’s three questions for Putin

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed that at a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, he asked him three questions about the war that he had started against Ukraine.

The Hungarian Prime Minister declared that he had discussed “the path to peace” with Putin. Orban also addressed Putin’s three questions:

  • What does Putin think about the existing peace initiatives? 
  • What are his thoughts about a ceasefire and peace talks and when they could be held? 
  • Putin’s perspective on the post-war European security system.

Orban did not provide the Kremlin ruler’s responses to these inquiries.

Orban went on to say that “Europe needs peace” right now, and thus “the Hungarian EU presidency sees the next six months as a peace mission.”

Viktor Orban also stated that he intends to continue his “peacekeeping efforts.”.

Orban’s visit to Moscow and EU’s reaction

On Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin hosted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Kremlin for talks, including on Ukraine, and began the meeting by mentioning an ultimatum to Kyiv.

Hungarian government spokesman Bertalan Gavasi stated that Orban arrived in Moscow as part of his “peacekeeping mission.” His trip to Russia came just a few days after he visited Kyiv on July 2.

Orban did not notify the European Commission of his plans to visit Moscow, and he did not coordinate his actions with them.

EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell emphasized that the Hungarian prime minister’s visit was only for bilateral relations between Hungary and Russia, not the EU Council presidency.

“Prime Minister Orbán has not received any mandate from the EU Council to visit Moscow. The EU position on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is reflected in many European Council conclusions. That position excludes official contacts between the EU and President Putin. The Hungarian Prime Minister is thus not representing the EU in any form”, the EU Press Service said in a statement.

Viktor Orban himself stated that Hungary has no mandate to broker peace between Ukraine and Russia.

In May, Hungary vetoed a Council of Europe resolution that recognized Ukraine’s proposed peace formula. “This is unacceptable,” the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto declared, adding that “we should consider other peace plans.”.

Peace Summit on Ukraine in Switzerland

The Global Peace Summit, held in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, on June 15–16, 2024, was at the focus of world news and geopolitics in June. This event is intended to start paving the path to a solution for the Russia-Ukraine war.

The summit’s participants signed a joint communiqué that aimed at securing nuclear safety, food security, and the exchange of prisoners of war. The participants said that they “decided to undertake concrete steps in the future in the above-mentioned areas with further engagement of the representatives of all parties.”

The United Nations Charter, including the principles of respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, can and will serve as a basis for achieving a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in Ukraine,” the document said.

Putin’s proposal

On the eve of the Peace Summit on Ukraine, held in Switzerland, Russian president Putin set out the conditions under which he was ready to end the war.

In particular, Putin wants Ukraine to completely withdraw from four Ukrainian regions and refuse to join NATO. These demands were slammed by world leaders who attended the Peace Summit, BBC reported.

At the Peace Summit, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni called Putin’s plan, which actually offered Ukraine to “secede from Ukraine,” “propaganda.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly emphasized that negotiations with Putin are impossible. The President of Ukraine explains that the Russian dictator does not want peace at all but rather wants to occupy our entire country.

Kyiv emphasized that any negotiations on the aggressor’s terms—the one who kills, rapes, tortures, deports civilians, including children, terrorizes civilians, and destroys civilian infrastructure—are impossible.

Ukrainian Peace Formula

In his speech to the G20 summit participants in November 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky presented Ukraine’s proposals for achieving peace with Russia and stop the war, which include 10 points. 

The European Union Foreign Affairs Council has endorsed Ukraine’s Formula for Peace and will promote it globally. EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s statement was published on the European Council’s website. Josep Borrell said that the European Union would continue global contacts to find lasting peace for Ukraine under the principles of the UN Charter.

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a draft resolution incorporating key provisions of Ukraine’s “peace formula”. The document is a ten-point plan to end the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On 29 December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would not talk to anyone based on the Ukrainian Formula for Peace.

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