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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban

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The chief of staff of the President of Ukraine said that preparations are underway for a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Viktor Orban. The President of Ukraine said that the two countries must organize a meeting to discuss “problems in relations between the countries.” The Hungarian Prime Minister confirmed that he accepted the invitation to the meeting.

“I had a fruitful telephone conversation with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in connection with the conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. We are working on organizing a meeting of both leaders in the near future,” wrote Andriy Yermak, head of the president’s office Ukraine on the X platform (formerly Twitter).

Reuters reminds that due to Hungary’s recent decisions at the European Council summit, relations between the countries have deteriorated. Zelensky said earlier that the countries must hold a “constructive meeting to discuss problems in their relations.” Orban confirmed that he accepted the invitation to the meeting.

Hungarian blockade of financial aid for Kiev

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In mid-December, EU leaders came to a two-day summit of the European Council. During the European Union summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán blocked an agreement on new financial assistance of EUR 50 billion for Ukraine.

See also: Orban: Hungary blocked the agreement on new financial aid for Ukraine

“Veto on additional funds for Ukraine, veto on the revision of the European multi-annual budget. We will return to this issue next year, after appropriate preparations,” the head of the Hungarian government announced two weeks ago on the X platform.

Decision to start Ukraine’s accession to the EU. “Orban’s temporary absence”

Viktor Orban declared during the summit that his country maintains its opposition to the start of accession talks with Ukraine. He justified his position by pointing out that – according to Budapest – Ukraine has met only three of the seven conditions set by the EU before starting accession negotiations, which means that there are no grounds to start such talks with Kiev.

Zelensky and Orban during the swearing-in of the President of Argentina president.gov.ua

Orban met with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen France Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor German Olaf Scholz, who persuaded the Hungarian leader to change his position.

See also: “Absence agreed in a constructive manner.” Orban against the EU’s decision, but did not use his veto

As high-ranking EU diplomats later told journalists in Brussels, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban “was temporarily absent” when the decision to start accession talks with Ukraine was made. The sources also assure that this “absence” was previously agreed “in a constructive way.”

Main photo source: president.gov.ua

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