In the midst of the different protocol activities during the inauguration of Javier Milei as president of Argentina, the official broadcast cameras captured the moment in which a particular crossing occurred between the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyand the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban.
Although the content of the brief dialogue they had has not been circulated so far – the conversation cannot be heard in the video – the intersection between the leaders is particular, since The Hungarian prime minister is one of the few allies of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Hungary is also one of the main obstacles to Ukraine’s entry into the European Union (EU) and for the sending of aid by the West.
Last week Orban defended his position by arguing that kyiv does not meet the conditions, among other things because “it is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
The Hungarian Prime Minister met last week with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris. Although the Elysée did not leak the content of the talks between the heads of state, the local weekly Le Point reported that Orban tried to convince Macron that instead of opening talks for his accession, The EU should propose to Zelensky “a strategic alliance.”
Last October, Orban held a meeting with Putin, becoming the first leader of a European Union member nation to meet in person with the Russian president since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The meeting took place It took place in Beijing, within the framework of an international forum on the Belt and Road Initiative, one of the emblematic policies of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Hungary never wanted to confront Russia, Hungary has always been eager to expand contacts”Orban told Putin.
That meeting seemed to be a blessing for the russian presidentwho could mark it as a sign that unity within the EU in its support for Ukraine (and its condemnation of Russia for starting the war) was faltering.
Hungary’s stance on the war in Ukraine sparked strong Budapest tensions with its European partners and has led to a stalemate in providing financial and military assistance to kyiv. Orban also refused to supply weapons to the Ukrainian Army and did not allow the transfer of military aid across the border between Hungary and Ukraine. He also threatened to veto EU sanctions against Moscow, although in the end he always voted in favor of them.
Zelensky participated this Sunday in Buenos Aires in Milei’s investiture ceremony as president of Argentina. Within Congress, The Ukrainian president expressed confidence that Milei’s government will support his country “before the United Nations.”
The visit to Buenos Aires It is Zelensky’s first trip to Latin America since the war began and is given with the objective of improving relations with Latin America, one of the priorities of your Government for this coming year.