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Europe is tired of Orban, not Ukraine - Prime Minister of Poland

1 February, 2024 Thursday
13:40

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the European Union is tired of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

He told journalists about this before a special summit in Brussels, reports European Pravda.

"There is no so-called problem of fatigue from Ukraine, but there is a problem of fatigue from Viktor Orban. We have so many problems to solve, and of course, we need to strengthen our unity around Ukraine today," Tusk said.

According to Tusk, his intuition tells him that in the end, EU countries will find arguments to convince Orban to unblock €50 billion in funding for Ukraine.

Tusk emphasized that he could not understand and accept this "very strange" and "very selfish game" from Orban. The Prime Minister added that there is no room for compromise on the Ukrainian issue.

  • On December 15, 2023, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vetoed the EU's decision on a €50 billion budget assistance program for Ukraine.
  • On December 15, it was reported that the EU had found a way to circumvent Orban's blocking of €50 billion in aid to Ukraine and set a date for an extraordinary summit.
  • On December 18, it was announced that a special summit of the European Commission to discuss the allocation of €50 billion to Ukraine for 4 years would take place on February 1, 2024.
  • On December 21, Orban came up with a new explanation for why he opposes Ukraine's accession to the EU. On the same day, he said he was ready to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
  • On January 9, it was reported that Hungary may lift its veto on the EU's €50 billion aid package to Ukraine, provided that the funding is reviewed annually.
  • On January 10, despite Hungary's opposition, Brussels votes to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on providing Ukraine with €50 billion in macro-financial assistance over the next four years.
  • In his turn, Orban assured that he was not against helping Ukraine in principle, but insisted that any funding for Ukraine should be separated from the EU budget and proportional to the economies of the member states.
  • After meeting with Viktor Orban in Budapest, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he supports his "legitimate" struggle. 
  • January 25 Bloomberg writes that Hungary will not prevent the creation of a €5 billion EU military fund for Ukraine, which will allow it to initiate an agreement to modernize the mechanism of steady supply of weapons to Kyiv.
  • On January 29, the European Union prepared an action plan against Hungary if it does not agree to provide aid to Ukraine. The main goal is to damage Budapest's economy and lift the veto.
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