Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday talked to European Council President Charles Michel, and said Hungary shared the stance of the European Union on the conflict unfolding between Ukraine and Russia.
Talks between the leaders are ongoing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced late on Monday that Russia acknowledged two separatist regions of Ukraine as the sovereign “Republic of Donetsk” and the “Republic of Luhansk”. He ordered Russian troops to enter the regions on “peacekeeping missions” later on Monday.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday morning said
“we have to hope beyond hope for a diplomatic solution.”
Brussels has ramped up preparations to impose sanctions on Russia in the wake of Monday’s events, Szijjártó said on Facebook. There are ongoing talks on possible steps forward, he said.
“Hungary has never broken ranks with the EU on this issue. At the same time, we must not give up hope of a diplomatic solution,”
As we wrote on Monday, Hungarian government calls on world political actors to stop provocations.
Hungary’s national security cabinet met in the prime minister’s office early Tuesday to review the Ukraine crisis.
The meeting was led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Gergely Gulyás, the PM’s chief of staff, Antal Rogán, who heads the Prime Minister’s cabinet office, Tibor Benkő, the defence minister, and Sándor Pintér, the interior minister participated.