Volodymyr Zelensky revealed what he talked about with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during the swearing-in ceremony of Javier Milea as President of Argentina. – I made him understand that there is no reason to block Ukraine’s membership in the European Union – reported the Ukrainian president. Media in Kiev reported earlier that Zelensky’s conversation with Orban was not planned.
– I cannot say that this was a specially or intentionally planned meeting. We started a dialogue, he said on Wednesday Volodymyr Zelensky. On Sunday during the swearing-in ceremony Javier Milei for the office of President of Argentina, Zelensky managed to talk to Orban.
– One of the very important topics I raised with him was that we need to talk, we need to solve problems. That’s why we just have to meet. I showed him my positive attitude towards this idea, Zelensky added.
The Ukrainian president said that he “made it clear to the Hungarian prime minister that there is no reason to block Ukraine’s membership in the European Union” – I asked him to give at least one reason. Not three, not five, not ten, but only one reason and I am waiting for an answer, Zelensky reported.
Zelensky after returning from Argentina in a traditional video recording addressed to his compatriots, he only revealed that his conversation with Orban was “very honest” and concerned “European matters”.
The media in Kiev previously commented that it was not planned in advance. “Zelensky and Orban were among the official guests next to each other in the hall where the ceremony took place,” UNIAN commented on the event.
Appeal of the Hungarian minority
Most of the 27 European Union countries wants to start accession talks Ukraine to the EU at the upcoming summit in Brussels (Ukraine submitted an application for EU membership after the start of the Russian armed invasion – ed.), they also agree to provide billions of euros to further support Kiev in its war with Russia. However, both of these moves are blocked by Hungary.
On Monday, representatives of the Hungarian minority in the Zakarpattia Oblast in Ukraine appealed to Orban to support the decision to start accession negotiations between Kiev and Brussels at the December summit, the Ukraińska Pravda website reported.
In an interview with the MTI news agency, Orban’s spokesman said that the prime minister responded to this appeal. In response, Orban assured that his government “will do everything in its power to protect the rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.”
An unopened card in bilateral relations
The Ukraińska Pravda portal reminded that after choice Volodymyr Zelensky as president of Ukraine in 2019, his contacts with Orban significantly weakened, and an official bilateral meeting never took place. Kiev saw such a meeting as an opportunity to open a new page in relations between the two countries.
After the Russian invasion began, tense relations between Kiev and Budapest worsened. Orban, who has pro-Russian views, has repeatedly assured that he does not believe in Ukraine’s victory.
In February this year, Zelensky and Orban held a short conversation as part of the summit of EU leaders in Brussels. The President of Ukraine invited the Hungarian Prime Minister to Kiev, but to no avail. Meanwhile, most EU leaders visited Ukraine at least once or even several times to express their support during Russian aggression – recalled Ukrainska Pravda.
Reuters, Ukraińska Pravda, UNIAN
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