Hungary blocks EU joint statement dedicated to 2nd anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Friday, 23 February 2024

Hungary is blocking the adoption of a joint EU statement on the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine due to disagreement with certain wording.

According to Rikard Jozwiak, Radio Liberty editor, reportedly, Budapest has blocked the signing of the joint declaration of the EU dedicated to the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

"Will likely just be a joint statement of the three presidents of the EU institutions (council, commission, parliament)," Jozwiak added.

The Hungarian government has published a separate statement in which it calls upon "both sides" to reach a truce and does not mention the aggressor state at all. Viktor Orban, head of the Hungarian government, claimed that Russia cannot be put on its knees in a military sense.

The EU adopted the 13th sanctions package prepared ahead of the second anniversary of the full-scale war.

According to the media, Budapest sought lifting the sanctions from several Russian businessmen during decision-making concerning the extension of the existing sanctions, but this attempt failed.

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