Hungary's Foreign Minister tells state-run Russian media no Zelenskyy-Orbán meeting planned for now

Monday, 4 March 2024

A meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will not take place any time soon, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said.

"Some preconditions must be in place for this meeting, and these conditions for organising the meeting are far from being met," Szijjártó said in a comment to Kremlin-aligned Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

At the end of January, Szijjártó indicated that there was a "long way to go" before a meeting between Zelenskyy and Orbán, adding that it would take place after Kyiv fulfils Budapest's conditions.

The Hungarian minister noted that if Ukraine fulfils Hungary's conditions, it will start a clean slate in bilateral relations and allow for a meeting at the highest level.


At the same time, after his talks with Szijjártó, Andrii Yermak, Head of the Ukrainian President's Office, announced a "strong move" towards a meeting between the leaders of Ukraine and Hungary.

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