We should not be afraid to play hardball with Viktor Orban now, because he threatens the future of the European Union, aid for Ukraine and issues related to the rule of law – said Professor Katarzyna Pisarska from the Foundation. Kazimierz Pułaski and the Warsaw School of Economics. Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, former ambassador to Latvia and Armenia, said that the Hungarian Prime Minister “is currently playing in Russian interests.”
On Thursday, the European Council decided in Brussels to start accession negotiations with Ukraine. Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, who opposed it, left the room during the vote. “I didn’t want to take part in this bad decision, so I preferred to leave the room,” the politician explained on Friday.
EU diplomats confirmed that the German Chancellor was the author of this idea Olaf Scholz.
Orban “Russia’s Trojan horse”
The case was commented on in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 by Professor Katarzyna Pisarska from the Foundation. Kazimierz Pułaski and the Warsaw School of Economics and Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, former ambassador to Latvia and in Armenia, president of the Euro-Atlantic Association.
– Viktor Orban is today one of the most serious threats to the unity of the European Union. (…) We should not be afraid to play hardball with Orban now, because he threatens the future of the European Union, aid for Ukraine and issues related to the rule of law. This is a person who is de facto a Trojan horse for Russia today, said Professor Pisarska.
– I think that Poland’s role is to convince our partners, including French President Emmanuel Macron and the Germans, that we should take advantage of this short moment, because we do not know what will happen after elections to the European Parliament and ensure that Orban will no longer be able to use blackmail, she added.
Nowakowski admitted that he was surprised by the attitude of the Hungarian Prime Minister. – I had the opportunity to get to know Orban quite well, we met dozens of times. After all, he sailed out to protest against the Russians. This was the beginning of his career. (…) In my opinion, Orban is currently playing in Russian interests. I don’t know if it’s because Hungarian policy is revisionist. We often forget that in Europe we have Hungary, Turkey and Russia. Countries that do not agree to the existing order and often turn out to be playing together – noted the president of the Euro-Atlantic Association.
“It is not in his interest for Ukraine to win, but to lose.”
Professor Pisarska drew attention to three factors that shape Orban’s policy. – These are Russian influences, but there are also factors related to the fact that Orban created his political presence in Hungary in opposition to the European Union. He defends the sovereignty of Hungary, the EU is this terrible entity that must be fought all the time. The third thing is related to the (EU – ed.) funds that Orban needs, she emphasized.
– All factors mean that I do not see any possibility for Orban to drastically change his policy. His interest is not in Ukraine’s victory, but in its defeat. Many people rightly point out that if Ukraine were integrated with the European Union and became a strong democracy, Orban would lose all arguments to say that there is a third way – Chinese or Russian – to this liberal democracy – said Professor Pisarska.
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