NewsOrban Endorses Trump's Ukraine Peace Plan, Criticizes Biden's Approach

Orban Endorses Trump's Ukraine Peace Plan, Criticizes Biden's Approach

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2:33 PM EDT, March 11, 2024

Trump aims to bring peace to the Russian-Ukrainian war, a stance that Budapest shares, advocating for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the conflict, Orban explained in a Sunday interview. "I see no other determined, strong person who could achieve this," he added.

The politician shared his insights with state television following his Friday meeting with Trump, hopeful for Trump's return to power after the November U.S. presidential elections.

Orban mentioned that Hungarian-American relations are currently strained, as the administration of US President Joe Biden has been involved in the Ukraine conflict.

"Unlike Biden, Trump is a politician of peace," argued the Hungarian Prime Minister.

Before his trip to the US, Orban did not seek meetings with Biden or senior officials from the Democratic Party, noting that the White House did not extend an invitation to the Hungarian leader.

Biden has criticized the meeting between Trump and Orban, suggesting that Orban aims to establish a dictatorship in Hungary.

Orban believes that the current American administration's inability to agree with Budapest, while openly supporting the Hungarian opposition to effect political change, has damaged bilateral relations. "We are allies, not servants," he emphasized.

"It would be detrimental if Biden won"

Orban is also hopeful for an increase in economic exchanges between the USA and Hungary should Trump win the presidential elections. "It would be detrimental if Biden won," the politician commented.

The government in Budapest takes a stance against numerous issues related to Ukraine, including the rejection of sending weapons to the country coping with the Russian invasion. Furthermore, Hungary blocked EU assistance to Kyiv amounting to €50 billion until the beginning of February and has been vocal in its criticism of initiating EU accession negotiations with Ukraine, although it has not formally opposed it.

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