Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and proposed immediate ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Orbán told an international press conference that he had also proposed early talks between the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France, as well as the chancellor of Germany in Budapest to reach an agreement on the ceasefire.
Orbán said Putin’s response had been positive, but also quoted the Russian president as saying that Russia had certain conditions for a ceasefire which he should first discuss with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Orbán said Hungary’s position concerning peace in Ukraine was firm with regard to the over 200,000 ethnic Hungarians living in Transcarpathia. “Hungary is primarily responsible for those lives,” he said.
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