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Putin: Orbán No Ordinary Leader, Stands Out in Europe

Péter Cseresnyés 2019.11.04.

The Russian President finds Viktor Orbán very sympathetic. According to Vladimir Putin, the Hungarian prime minister is a wise, pragmatic, and experienced leader capable of independent judgment – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said in an interview to Russian state television channel Russia1, liberal hvg.hu reported.

Orbán is not an ordinary leader, he stands out among his European counterparts, Peshkov praised the Hungarian Prime Minister.

Referring to Putin, Peskov also called Viktor Orbán’s handling of Russian-Hungarian energy relations exemplary.

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Russia and Hungary have a significant amount of economic relations – Hungary satisfies more than half of its oil and gas needs through the supply of Russian energy resources, Putin’s spokesman stated.

“Meanwhile, Hungary does not talk about dependence or Russia using its energy resources as a political weapon. Hungarians are buying pragmatically and have already filled all their underground gas storages,” Peskov said.

The Russian President and the Hungarian Prime Minister met in Budapest last week when Hungarian and Russian officials signed several important economic, social security, and sports-related agreements.

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI