June 2, 2023

Orban speaks at a discussion board in Qatar saying that peace can solely be achieved by way of diplomacy.

Doha, Qatar – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is usually out of step along with his Western allies on the battle in Ukraine, stated Kyiv troops had been unlikely to win a battle towards Russia.

Talking on the Qatari Financial Discussion board in Doha on Tuesday, he stated the battle, which started 15 months in the past, can solely be resolved by way of diplomacy.

“Taking a look at actuality, on the numbers, on the entourage, at the truth that NATO will not be able to ship troops, it’s apparent that poor Ukrainians can not win on the battlefield. That is my place,” he stated, providing a grim viewpoint that few European leaders would publicly agree with.

“The battle can solely be stopped if the Russians can negotiate with the USA. In Europe, this doesn’t swimsuit us, however that is the one approach out.

Hungary, which is a member of the EU and NATO, has been balancing amongst itself because the starting of the battle in Ukraine.

Budapest refused to sever relations with Moscow and opposed NATO enlargement. Like Turkey, Hungary has but to ratify Sweden’s membership within the navy alliance, and Orban has expressed explicit concern about Ukraine’s hopes for NATO membership.

The 59-year-old populist usually stirs up debate in Brussels each time the bloc is tasked with reaching a unanimous resolution to tighten sanctions towards Russia or improve monetary and navy assist to Ukraine.

Orban final week opposed a rise in EU navy assist to Ukraine after authorities in Kyiv included the Hungarian OTP Financial institution on a “battle sponsor” record and blacklisted the financial institution.

In Doha, Orban stated that if Ukraine wants extra money, Kyiv ought to respect Hungary and never impose sanctions on Hungarian corporations.

He added that Budapest “will not be consistent with the pan-European strategy.”

“Hungary is in a novel place as Ukraine will not be far-off. We’ve ethnic minorities residing in Ukraine and they’re a part of the battle. They’re referred to as up, they’re troopers of the Ukrainian military and they’re dying. So we’re shedding lives – Hungarian lives – too,” he stated, referring to ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine.

Our hearts are with the Ukrainians. We perceive how a lot has occurred,” he stated. “However I am talking right here as a politician and the answer is to avoid wasting lives.”

Reported by Hafsa Adil of Al Jazeera in Doha.

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