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Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels. Applause from the leaders of the EU countries, Viktor Orban did not applaud

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived on Thursday for a special session of the European Council. Even before it started, as he posed for a group photo, he was applauded by the leaders. However, not everyone applauded him. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis broke out.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is Thursday in Brussels. He spoke in the European Parliament and later went to a special summit of the European Council. When he came to the Council, even before the start of the meeting, he posed for a joint photo with the leaders of EU countries.

The leaders were already in the designated place, Zelensky was brought there by the head of the European Council Charles Michel. When the Ukrainian president joined the group, the leaders of other countries began to applaud him.

Zelensky, Orban, MichelEPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

However, not everyone. He didn’t applaud Viktor Orbánthe Prime Minister of Hungary, who stood right behind Zelensky with a serious face.

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There was also no applause from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who, unlike the Hungarian leader, greeted Zelensky with a broad smile.

Orban and the war in Ukraine

Orban is widely criticized for his different position than the rest of the European Union towards the Russia-induced one war in Ukraine.

Last week, the Ukrainian Pravda portal reported that Orban met with 15 journalists on Friday, before whom he admitted that he did not believe in Ukraine’s victory. He was also to say that the country is gradually turning into a ruin that cannot be governed, and therefore “Ukraine, like Afghanistan, is a no man’s land.” In response to these reports, the Hungarian ambassador was summoned to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Late last year, Orban in an interview published by the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet said that the war could go on for decades and that “Ukraine can only fight as long as United States they support it with arms and money, and if Americans want peace, there will be peace.”

Last July, Orban opposed sanctions against Russia and said the EU had shot itself in the lungs with “misconductive sanctions” that, if not lifted, could destroy the European economy.

Main photo source: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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