In his publish, Viktor Orbán emphasised that he had a frank phone dialog with Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain, on Thursday. He added that his message was clear:
They ought to chorus from discussing the concern of Ukraine’s accession to the EU at the EU summit in December, as there is no such thing as a unity amongst the member states on this concern.
I had a frank telephone dialog at this time with the Prime Minister. My message was clear: we must always chorus from discussing the concern of Ukraine’s EU accession throughout December, as there is no such thing as a unity amongst member states on this matter. @sanchezcastejon
– Viktor Orban) December 7, 2023
Last Friday, in his ordinary morning radio interview, the Hungarian Prime Minister introduced:
If we do not know, then we should not begin negotiations. Therefore, I’ll take the place that the EU ought to first signal a strategic partnership settlement with Ukraine.
Viktor Orbán in Friday’s radio interview nevertheless, not solely did he make the above statements, however he additionally firmly rejected the begin of accession negotiations with Ukraine, successfully waving his veto if his vote had been to be on the agenda.
All of this actually shocked Brussels, as a result of main officers and diplomats believed till final week that the Hungarian prime minister’s threats didn’t pose a terrific risk to the success of the EU summit in mid-December and had been solely about releasing up Hungarian EU funds.
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