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We must redouble our efforts so that people in Ukraine can live in peace - Szijjártó

We must redouble our efforts so that people in Ukraine can live in peace - Szijjártó Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Hungary expressed and will continue to express support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, as stated by Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, during a joint press conference with Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, and the Head of the Office of the President,i Yermak.

"We condemn war and want peace to come quickly for our neighbors. We must speak more intensively about the necessity of peace in international politics," he emphasized. Szijjártó believes that Hungary and other countries should intensify efforts so that people in Ukraine can live peacefully.

"Hungary is ready to contribute efforts because we know that saving lives is only possible during times of peace," he added.


On January 11th, the Hungarian Foreign Minister announced his visit to Uzhhorod and meetings with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba. During the discussions, preparations for a meeting between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and President Zelenskyy were also addressed.

Szijjártó informed that he had a telephone conversation with Yermak, stating that a high-level meeting would make sense "if it can yield results."

Preparation for Zelenskyy and Orbán's meeting

Orbán accepted Ukraine's President's invitation for an official bilateral meeting in late December, marking the first between the leaders since the war began.

President Zelenskyy clarified that he never discussed ceasefire or dialogue with Orbán regarding the dictator Vladimir Putin.

Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, mentioned that Szijjártó's visit to Uzhhorod is linked to preparing for Prime Minister Orbán's future visit to Ukraine.