Orbán Comments on His Letter with Ultimatum on Ukraine

Friday, 1 December 2023

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has commented on his letter to European Council President Charles Michel, in which he threatened to block all EU assistance to Ukraine, as well as the country's future accession to the European Union.

As reported by Index with reference to radio station Kossuth, Orbán said that this letter is important for the independence of Hungary.

"If we agree, there will be an EU position, if not, then there won’t. We must not allow ourselves to be made to feel remorse for not agreeing on something," he said.

Orbán reiterated that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU are not in Hungary’s interest and should not be on the agenda.

According to him, a proposal to begin negotiations with Ukraine has not been prepared, and that instead, consultations with all parties involved are required to establish common interests before any proposals are made. He therefore believes that accession talks should not even start yet.

Orbán recently wrote a letter to Michel, in which he threatened to block all aid from the European Union for Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s future EU accession, if EU leaders do not agree to reconsider their whole strategy of support for Kyiv.

The leaders of the EU member states will consider these issues at a summit on 14-15 December.

The Hungarian government also announced "consultations" with the population, the main question of which would be the support for Ukraine’s EU membership.

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