NewsOrbán insists on limited compliance with sanctions, deepens ties with Russia

Orbán insists on limited compliance with sanctions, deepens ties with Russia

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
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1:29 PM EST, March 4, 2024

Despite international condemnation of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and crimes against civilians, and the death of Alexei Navalny, Budapest seems inclined to strengthen its relationship with Moscow, if anything.
The West has largely blamed the Kremlin for the death of opposition leader Navalny. Yet, on the day of Navalny's funeral, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó was noted for his lunch meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as reported by "Gazeta Wyborcza," has made it clear that Hungary plans to further its relations with Russia.

Defining boundaries for Hungary by the West

Orbán has been quoted by "GW" saying, "We will only cease cooperation with Russia where Western sanctions necessitate it." He went on to describe Hungary's geopolitical strategy, emphasizing its pivotal location between East and West. According to him, Hungary aims to nurture its economic ties across both spheres and has no intention of severing connections with the East.
Orbán also highlighted his belief that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will eventually subside, anticipating that Hungary will ultimately benefit from enduring relations.
"There will be trade, there will be economy, and these will present significant opportunities and markets for us," explained Orbán.
It's important to note that Hungary's collaboration with Russia is particularly robust in the energy sector. Hungary is among the European Union's major recipients of Russian gas and oil. Notably, Hungary has managed to secure an exemption from the EU's embargo on Russian oil, a move orchestrated by Orbán, who threatened to veto any such ban within the EU, as reported by
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