Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday talked to European Council President Charles Michel, and said Hungary shared the stance of the European Union on the conflict unfolding between Ukraine and Russia, the PM’s press chief said.
Talks between the leaders are ongoing, Bertalan Havasi said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced late on Monday that Russia acknowledged two separatist regions of Ukraine as the sovereign “Republic of Donetsk” and the “Republic of Luhansk”. He ordered Russian troops to enter the regions on “peacekeeping missions” later on Monday.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday morning said “we have to hope beyond hope for a diplomatic solution.”
Brussels has ramped up preparations to impose sanctions on Russia in the wake of Monday’s events, Szijjártó said on Facebook. There are ongoing talks on possible steps forward, he said.
“Hungary has never broken ranks with the EU on this issue. At the same time, we must not give up hope of a diplomatic solution,” Szijjártó said.
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