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It's not 'Hungarian bazaar': Belgium's PM slams Orban over Ukraine

It's not 'Hungarian bazaar': Belgium's PM slams Orban over Ukraine Victor Orban (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo criticized his Hungarian colleague Viktor Orban, stating that the EU is not a "Hungarian bazaar", according to The Guardian.

Speaking after arriving at the summit on the Western Balkans, the Prime Minister of Belgium reiterated the words of his Luxembourg colleague that the EU is not a "bazaar." Specifically, he warned Viktor Orban about the impossibility of exchanging support for Ukraine for his political backing.

Hungary against negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU

On December 14th and 15th, the summit of EU leaders will take place. During the meeting, decisions regarding the prospects of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia's integration into the EU are expected. Hungary is expected to block everything related to the support of Ukraine.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, on his part, has stated that his country is against opening a dialogue on Ukraine's accession. Meanwhile, Orban began calling on officials not to raise the issue of integration during the upcoming summit.

During a meeting in Argentina, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Orban stating that Hungary has no reason to block Ukraine's integration. He specifically urged him to organize a constructive meeting between the countries.

Meanwhile, members of the European Parliament called on the European Council to start negotiations on Ukraine and Moldova's accession to the European Union.

More on why Hungary is blocking Ukraine's accession to the European Union and what Orban wants can be found in the material from RBC-Ukraine.