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Orban's visit to Moscow provokes Hungary-Germany conflict - media

6 July, 2024 Saturday
14:08

After German Chancellor Olaf Scholz criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his trip to Moscow, Budapest suddenly canceled the visit of the German Foreign Minister

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Bloomberg writes about this, citing sources in Berlin.

It is noted that the meeting of the Hungarian prime minister with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as part of the so-called peace mission drew condemnation from Scholz and other European Union leaders, who said that Orban had no mandate to represent the EU.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was scheduled to meet with her Hungarian counterpart in Budapest on Monday for talks, but the Hungarian government, to the surprise of the German side, suddenly canceled the meeting on Friday evening.

According to the source, against the backdrop of Orban's extraordinary trip to Russia, a serious and honest discussion between the two foreign ministers would have been very important.

Earlier, Scholz told reporters that Orban had not informed him in advance of his plans to travel.

 "In matters of foreign policy, the European Council is represented by Charles Michel, not Hungary," Scholz said, adding that the EU supports Ukraine, condemns Russia's invasion and is convinced that the war should not end in Moscow's victory. 

  • On July 5, Viktor Orban arrived in Moscow for a visit. In the Kremlin, he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for a ceasefire.

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