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President of Hungary tried to justify relations with Russia

President of Hungary tried to justify relations with Russia President of Hungary Katalin Novak (phoro: Getty Images)

There cannot be relations between Hungary and Russia that would undermine Budapest's commitments to NATO, states the President of Hungary, Katalin Novak.

In this way, she attempted to justify Hungary's relations with Russia.

Hungary condemns Putin

Novak stated that from the very beginning, she vehemently condemned the aggression of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, and this is also Hungary's official position.

Budapest views the war in Ukraine as Putin's aggression and Russia's aggression against a sovereign country, which is unacceptable.

She described it as an affront to a sovereign nation and advocates for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

About the peaceful ending of the war in Ukraine

"Secondly, we haven't talked about peace yet. But ultimately, the end goal must be peace. So, we find – we have to find some way to reach peace, which, honestly, I do not see at the moment," said the President of Hungary.

She added that she currently does not see a way out of the war, but she is convinced that a way must be found to sit down at the negotiating table and ultimately achieve a ceasefire.

"I don't know how or when, but I think we should always remember that the ultimate goal must be peace," Novak added.

Hungary-Russia relations

The President of Hungary attempted to justify the country's occasional contacts with Russia and its leader, Putin.

"I can assure you that there are no and should not be any relations between Hungary and Russia that would undermine our commitments to our allies, be it NATO or the European Union," she stated.

Orban-Putin meeting

Recently, Orban had a meeting with Putin, during which they reaffirmed their commitment to bilateral relations against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.

"Hungary has never wanted to confront Russia; on the contrary, Hungary's goal has always been to establish and expand the best possible mutual contacts, and we have succeeded in that," stated Orban.

The Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, expressed her discomfort with the meeting between the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.