I must say that I'm impressed by how Orban appeared. He's just on another level compared to the Polish president, who struggles with English syntax and is happy if he even says something that is grammatically correct, let alone convey a thought. When Orban spoke about how they are proud of Hungarian culture because they are somewhat culturally unique in that part of the world, it almost made my eyes wet :) I was also impressed by his understanding that the military superpower needs a strong leader like Putin because instability could be devastating. My respect for him has been raised, and I can't even imagine how he can be compared with Polish faux-patriotic politicians by the media.
And he has a cabinet of reasonable human beings too, just caught this tonight during my news round.
The head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office said that "there is no realistic chance" that Kiev will regain the territories controlled by Russian forces.
To achieve a lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine, "the Western world" must give security guarantees to Moscow instead of accepting Kiev into NATO, the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office, Gergely Gulyas, said on Saturday during a visit to the summer university of the Law Students' Self-Training Organization in Fejér County, local press reports.
Among other measures to ensure peace, he mentioned the deployment of peacekeeping troops on Ukrainian territory, although he stressed that without U.S. involvement "there will be no peace talks" between the warring parties.
Gulyas emphasized that Russia does not pose a "threat" to Central Europe, given that its troops "have not achieved fast and breakthrough results" in the last year and a half. On the other hand, he assured that "there is no realistic possibility" for Kiev to regain the territories under the control of the Russian military.