War in Ukraine, Orban could go to Russia to meet Putin. Michel's anger: “He has no European mandate to do so”

Viktor Orban, whose pro-Russian positions have long been known, has been chairing the European Council since July 1. In this capacity, he initiated a series of meetings with the heads of state and government of other countries, including bilateral meetings with Volodymyr Zelensky. For the first time since February 24, 2022 – the day of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine – the Hungarian Prime Minister visited Kiev. Orban's dynamism has not stopped and, according to journalist Szabolcs Panyi, tomorrow the Hungarian leader will be Moscow. The news was also relaunched by Radio FreedomAccording to these rumors, an official delegation of the Hungarian government is already in the Russian capital to prepare the ground for Orban.

Michael's Reprimand

For now, neither Budapest nor Moscow confirms or denies the possible bilateral agreement between Orban and Vladimir Putin. But the leak was enough to alarm the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. Regarding the possible meeting tomorrow – July 5 – between Putin and Orban, he said: “The rotating presidency of the European Union does not have a mandate to engage in dialogue with Russia on behalf of the Union. The European Council is clear: Russia is the aggressor, Ukraine is the victim. No discussion on Ukraine can take place without Ukraine.”

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