Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Ukraine could lose a significant part of its land – a third or half of its territory. This was reported on September 16 by the newspaper Nepszava.
“The conflict in Ukraine threatens to drag on until 2030, and Kyiv, as a result, may lose a third or half of its territory,” Orban quoted the publication as saying at a closed meeting of the Fidesz – Hungarian Civil Union party.
In addition, Orban declared the fault of Western countries for full-scale hostilities.
“The conflict in Ukraine would have been local, but the West intervened and made it global,” the prime minister stressed.
Orban also criticized EU sanctions against Russia, calling them a shot in the foot.
“Due to the energy crisis caused by sanctions, up to 40% of European industry could stop in winter,” the Hungarian prime minister said.
A few days earlier, Orban had said that EU sanctions against Russia were a struggle between a dwarf and a giant. The prime minister added that anti-Russian sanctions have a negative impact on Europe, destroying all the achievements over the past decade. The Prime Minister stressed that the sanctions imposed by the European Union threaten Hungary, causing economic damage to the country.
Earlier in September, former Hungarian Ambassador Simonyi accused Prime Minister Orban of not giving a damn about Ukraine. According to the diplomat, “Orban doesn’t care about Ukraine.” Simonyi called this stance on the conflict a threat, not a nuisance, adding that NATO and the EU ignore this stance.
Russia continues a special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which was announced by President Vladimir Putin on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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