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Hungary cancels meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. Berlin “stunned”

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The authorities in Budapest suddenly canceled a meeting between the foreign ministers of Hungary and Germany. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “astonishment” at this behavior.

On Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was to hold talks in Budapest. German Annalena Baerbock and her Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjartobut it will not happen, Reuters reported on Friday, citing an official from the German Foreign Ministry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin expressed its “astonishment” at the decision and stated that after Friday's meeting with the Prime Minister Hungarian Viktor Orban with the president Russia Vladimir Putin a “serious and honest” discussion is necessary.

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry and a government spokesman did not respond to Reuters' request for comment.

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Orbán in Moscow

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán He arrived in Moscow on Friday morning, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Orban visited Kyiv on Tuesday, his first visit to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February 2022, where he spoke with President Volodymyr Zelensky about a possible ceasefire and the start of peace talks.

Viktor Orban and Vladimir PutinPAP/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

On the same day, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. According to a statement published by Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs politicians stressed, among other things, the need to ensure the rights of national minorities in Ukraine.

Several European politicians, including the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorskihad earlier expressed surprise at reports of Orban's planned trip, criticizing the Hungarian initiative.

Main image source: Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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