Ukrainian policemen and soldiers on a drill
Photo: MTI/EPA/Oleg Petraszjuk
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a speech on Saturday: “A war between Russia and Ukraine must be avoided”.
Addressing crowds of supporters at the Várkert Bazaar in Budapest on Saturday, Orbán warned of the possibility of “hundreds of thousands or even millions” of refugees arriving in Hungary from Ukraine if war broke out, “fundamentally upending Hungary’s political and economic situation”.
In his speech kicking off the election campaign period, Orbán said Hungary was working for peace, but various state bodies were making preparations for the alternative.
“We’ve got the appropriate scenarios and action plan in place in the event of a war,” he said.
Viktor Orbán in his keynote speech kicking off the general election campaign period also told supporters that “we have one thing in common: we share a passion for Hungary.”
Orbán, who heads the ruling Fidesz party, accused the left wing of adopting “a new political strategy” which involved “insulting people, making fun of people with disabilities, marching into the countryside and threatening pensioners and looking down on women”.